Cairdean House Care Home in Colinton, Edinburgh

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Cairdean House
Meet Helen Kinnaird, home manager of Cairdean House

For me, being a care home manager is about supporting residents to live as independently as they can and to maintain a good quality of life. One thing that I feel is really important is offering residents a lot of personal choice. The way I see it is that this is their home and it should be as they want it to be. Hear more from Helen

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Our care home’s name, Scottish Gaelic for ‘friends and relatives’, sums up the welcome you’ll receive, as well as our approach to care.

Here at Cairdean House, in Colinton, south west Edinburgh, we offer the highest standards of nursing, residential and respite care for older people, including those who are living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Our 90-bedroom purpose-built care home opened in early 2013 and has already established a strong reputation for its expertise and ground-breaking approach.

Inspiring design

Cairdean House is a care home with a difference. It has been innovatively designed by internationally renowned architect, Richard Pollock and sits in the beautiful village of Colinton in Edinburgh. Richard and his team created the design with every thought for the needs of older people, particularly those living with dementia, and the smallest of details are considered in their approach. Find out more about Cairdean House’s specialist design.

Care with style

Our care home boasts some beautiful facilities that give it an air, more of a five star hotel than a care home. Each of the en-suite bedrooms is beautifully furnished and has a subtly different colour scheme, so there’s something to suit every new resident. Each room also has a flat-screen television, adjustable profile bed and a 24-hour nurse call system, plus phone and internet connection points.

Independence is the key

All of our residents are encouraged to play an active part in the life of our home, from engaging in the daily goings-on to taking part in activities that they have always loved. A range of group and individual activities are also planned every day to keep residents active and engaged, whatever their interests and abilities. And the many facilities, ranging from The Terrace coffee shop to the Palm lounge, the hair salon and the cinema, provide all sorts of options, whatever the weather.

Support for you and your loved one

Our dedicated, highly experienced care team gets to know each resident – their life stories, physical needs, likes and dislikes – then creates a care plan that’s entirely tailored to their needs. We become as close to residents’ families as we do to the residents themselves, and each family is involved in the care planning process. Their insights into their loved one’s past and personality make it so much easier for us to understand and care for their loved one. In turn, we help to improve their lives, taking on the responsibility of their loved one’s full time care, while they rediscover quality time together.

Find out more

We hope you enjoy looking around our care home’s site and learning more about Cairdean House. There’s lots of information about daily life. You can meet our manager, and learn more about our home. Read about the specialist design created by Richard Pollock, and see what residents’ families have to say about us.

If you would like to take a tour of Cairdean House care home please do get in touch with us to arrange a time. We look forward to welcoming you and your loved one to Cairdean House soon.

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Dementia care
Nursing care
Residential care
Respite care

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Health news

December 12th 2014

 Care UK today announced the appointment with immediate effect of Phil Whitecross as Chief Financial Officer.

November 28th 2014

Maizie Mears-Owens, Care UK’s head of dementia services, has found a new way to gently lead loved ones living with dementia into the festive season and increase their wellbeing.

July 30th 2014

A national study has revealed just 28 per cent of adults would have their parents live with them if they needed full-time care, 32 per cent wouldn’t let their parents move in, and 36 per cent would have to seriously think about it.

December 18th 2014

The Health Survey for England has revealed that in 2013 around a quarter of the country’s adults were obese (26 per cent of men and 24 per cent of women).

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