Media Release: £2m investment in Scottish care homes

A £2 MILLION investment programme to refurbish care homes in Scotland over the next year has kicked off in Glasgow.

It is part of a rolling programme of reinvestment in care services by Bupa Care Homes to refurbish all 30 of its care homes across Scotland by 2013.

Over the last four years, £3.75 million has already been invested in nine care homes.

Begins a spokesperson: “The £720,000 refurbishment programme at Rowantree and Rodgerpark, Bupa’s largest care home in the UK, in Rutherglen, Glasgow, is the first new investment project to start this year.

“Providing a range of specialist dementia, nursing and short stay care for up to 230 people, the home will be refurbished with new fixtures and fittings to provide the best quality and comfort of care for its residents.

“It will shortly be followed by a similar £700,000 investment to refurbish Quayside care home in Yoker, Glasgow.”

Explains Kenny Valentine, Bupa care homes director, Scotland: “As we have no shareholders we are able to reinvest our profits into our business to provide more and better healthcare.

“This has allowed us to remain committed to taking forward this rolling investment programme since 2006, throughout the changes in the economic climate.

“Our care home investment plan is focused on ensuring that we continue to maintain high standards in the quality of our homes by rolling out extensive refurbishment plans across the whole of Scotland.

“This means that all of the service users and employees in our homes can live and work in modern, comfortable surroundings.”

The spokesperson added: “Bupa provides care for over 2,650 older people in Scotland, more than 80 per cent of which are state funded.  It is the largest provider of specialist dementia care in the UK and are unique in having Dementia Champions in their homes, the result of a pioneering partnership with Alzheimer’s Society, to drive person centred care for people living with dementia.

“Refurbishment of the care homes includes new bathing equipment, decoration, flooring, furniture and soft furnishings. The residents all actively participate in refurbishments by choosing their own rooms colour schemes.”


Notes to Editors:

  1. Bupa has been investing in refurbishing Scottish Care homes since 2006 and has arleady refurbished nine care homes in Edinburgh, St Andrews, Glasgow, Bellshill and Saltcoats.  The programme is on target to complete refurbishment of all 30 care homes in Scotland by 2013.
  2. Bupa is the only company to offer Alzheimer’s Society-trained Dementia Champions in our UK specialist care homes – over 25 per cent of our beds in the UK are registered for specialist dementia care
  3. Bupa’s purpose is to help people lead longer, healthier, happier lives.
  4. A leading international healthcare group, we offer personal and company health insurance, operate care homes for older people and hospitals, and provide workplace health services, health assessments and chronic disease management services, including health coaching, and home healthcare.
  5. With no shareholders, we invest our profits to provide more and better healthcare. We are committed to making quality, patient-centred, affordable healthcare more accessible in the areas of wellness, chronic disease management and ageing.
  6. Employing over 50,000 people, 3,363 in Scotland, Bupa has operations around the world, principally in the UK, Australia, Spain, New Zealand and the USA, as well as Hong Kong, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, India, China and across Latin America.
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