It has provided many happy memories for many people over 60 years, and a new chapter is soon to begin in the life of Edenholme Care Home in Stonehaven – and in the lives of two good friends.
Work on a new care village in School Road, including a 60 place care home and eight one-bed cottages, will soon be complete, with Edenholme residents moving to the site before the end of the year.
The new home, which doubles the number of existing residential care places, offers older people who need care an excellent quality of life in a 21st Century environment, with a skilled and caring team of staff.
Amongst those making the move to the new Edenholme are Margaret McRae and Margaret Frater, who met 10 years ago while attending Dunnottar Church.
Margaret Frater (92) took the decision to move into Edenholme three years ago, after developing an illness. The Stonehaven-born former midwife, who was still living in her Christie Crescent home, felt the time had come where she needed that little bit extra care and help and soon settled into a new lifestyle at Edenholme.
She said: “I do miss my own house and garden but being looked after and having all my meals made for me seems like heaven. We are like a big happy family here.
“Nearly three years have passed since then and we are all looking forward to the new home. En-suite accommodation will be wonderful and larger wardrobes and bedrooms are a must.”
Margaret McRae (85) used to visit Margaret Frater at Edenholme, before declining health also led her to make the decision to move in.
She said: “Since living here, it has been very good and everyone has been wonderful. All the staff and mangers are very approachable and when I went into hospital for a short period, it was so nice to return to Edenholme and to see everyone again.
“I am looking forward to moving into the new home as I will have my own en-suite bathroom and a bigger bedroom.”
The friends, who bonded over their shared experiences of living and working in Bournemouth, also praised the way the home is managed, saying they always feel informed and involved in the life of the home.
Margaret Frater explained: “Regular residents’ meetings give us the opportunity to raise any problems or complaints that we have and we can say what we feel; we all have our own opinions about our lives in Edenholme.”
Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Social Work and Housing Committee, Councillor Karen Clark, said: “It’s great to hear such positive comments from our residents about how much they are looking forward to moving into the new care home. I am sure they will be delighted with the end result when they move in and get settled.
“There is no doubt that it will be a first class facility, offering residents personal choice, more control over their daily routines and a good quality of life.”
Vice-chair of the committee, Councillor Alisan Norrie, added: “This development has been years in the making and to see it coming to fruition is very exciting.
“I’m sure all the residents at Edenholme have happy memories of their time there, but will be looking forward to settling in and creating new memories at the School Road facility.”
Councillor Peter Bellarby said: “It is really good to see a new care home in Stonehaven with all the facilities expected by today’s standards. The residents of Edenholme have something to look forward to in their move to their new home.”
Eight one-bed cottages are also being built on the site to increase the care options available to residents and help people maintain their independence in their own homes for as long as they choose, in a supportive environment.
The care home has been fully funded by Aberdeenshire Council’s capital plan and will produce an asset in the region of £8million whilst the cottages have received support from a Scottish Government grant of £240,000 as well as the Housing Revenue Account and second homes council tax.