THE BRAND new Balhousie Monkbarns care home in Arbroath welcomed its first resident last Monday after phase one of the building was completed.
Bill Smith (76), a retired fisherman from the town, had been a resident at the previous Monkbarns since 2009 and moved the short distance into the £5 million new build, which is situated in the grounds of the old Balhousie Monkbarns Care Home.
The new development will have 65 registered beds, including a dementia wing, and will lead to the creation of up to 50 care-related jobs for the local area this year.
The residents are already benefiting from much larger bedrooms and large lounges with balconies offering views of the sea, as well as facilities such as an activity room, quiet room and protected courtyards so they can enjoy sitting in the sun.
Residents remained in the original home during the construction work and are being moved into the new home in stages.
Last Friday residents, relatives, local people and businesses came together for a ‘final fling’ party at the old care home, which was originally a house and then a hotel before becoming a care home, marking the end of an era.
Care home manager Joyce Chalmers said staff and residents were looking forward to moving into the new, purpose-built home.
Joyce said: “Bill has been with us for a few years now and is a well-known figure in the local community, having served his time as a fisherman over the years. It’s great that he was our first resident in the new build and it’s clear he is enjoying the extra comfort which it has provided. Everyone at Monkbarns is looking forward to settling into the new home and the first part of the transition has gone very smoothly.”
The old care home will be demolished shortly to make way for phase two of the building work, which is due to be completed by the end of the year.
Balhousie Care Group now cares for more than 860 residents in 24 homes, with plans for continued expansion.