Tuesday, 16 December 2014

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Abbotsford Nursing Home in Ardrossan has recently benefited from a six-figure upgrade to increase occupancy and to enlarge and upgrade existing rooms.

The two-phase project was part-funded by RBS and included the construction of an extension which increased the number of beds from 35 to 39, plus a reconfigured layout of the main house, meaning many rooms have been enlarged and now have new en-suite bathrooms.

New facilities were also added, including a fifth lounge and day rooms for activities, a new hair salon and treatment room for more effective storage of supplies and treatment of patients.

Additionally, ten new jobs have been created at the home, increasing the headcount to 74.

The home is owned by husband-and-wife team Nigel and Lynn Wanless with business partner Brian Collins. When they wanted to upgrade the home to ensure it matched the standards offered by nearby Burnlea Care Home in Largs, which they also own, they approached Stuart Frame at RBS for assistance with funding.

Together they attracted a development loan of £500,000 from RBS as part of the bank’s participation in the government’s Funding for Lending Scheme. With the addition of their own savings, the loan enabled the team to carry out the work, which took 14 months to complete. Turnover is expected to increase by about £120,000.

Nigel said: “We wanted our investment to make the accommodation more responsive to the needs and expectations of current and future residents which is why overall the work has only added four extra rooms. For what we spent, we haven’t added a huge number of rooms, but have improved the look and feel of the home and have made the facilities a better layout, whilst retaining a homely, domestic feel.

“We couldn’t have done it without the support of residents and their families and we’re delighted that disruption has been kept to a minimum. The feedback since completion has been excellent; everyone is settled and enjoying the extra space on offer. All the different facilities are working well together.

“Abbotsford Nursing Home is known for the level of commitment and quality of care given to its residents and this recent work will help us to maintain our market position as a care home of choice within North Ayrshire.

“We chose RBS as we have been with them since 1986 and their customer service is outstanding. Since we met Stuart, he has been in close contact and regularly visits us onsite.”

Stuart Frame from RBS added: “Abbotsford is renowned for the commitment and care offered by its staff and we were delighted to have been able to support their vision for a bigger and better home. Nigel has been involved with Abbotsford since the 1990s and is a proven business operator that we knew we wanted to support.”

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