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Cairdean House

Trusted to care in Colinton - Edinburgh, Scotland

Trusted to care in Colinton - Edinburgh, Scotland|Top-rated private care provider in Scotland|Care UK is the most awarded care home provider for the last three years|Discover why Care UK is trusted to care by over 9,000 families


Discover more about the care we provide

At Cairdean House, we offer a wide range of round the clock care to suit every need.

Your loved one will receive dedicated and supportive care in a safe and comfortable environment. We recognise that finding the right home for your family member is not easy and can be an emotional challenge, which is why we’ve created this helpful guide to the care types offered at Cairdean House.

Types of care at Cairdean House

Residential care

With numerous activities taking place at the home, there is something to suit everyone - if your loved one likes a lie-in on Sundays, taking part in an afternoon quiz or watching films in the evening, they can continue to enjoy this at Cairdean. Our chef prepares delicious, nutritious meals every day, which can be enjoyed with company or in their rooms, and there are always hot drinks and freshly baked goodies available. 

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Nursing care

Our highly qualified, experienced team of nursing professionals deliver the best clinical care possible and are able to care for residents with many complex requirements, including strokes and heart problems to parkinson’s disease and dementia. Offering tailored care plans, we work closely with GPs and specialist healthcare colleagues, ensuring your loved one receives the perfect care for their needs.

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Nursing dementia care

Our nursing team at Cairdean House know the challenges of caring for a loved one living with dementia and have the experience necessary to provide top quality care in our comfortable surroundings. Formal training via our own Learning Academy ensure the team’s skills in dementia care are always up to date and in line with current best practise. On hand around-the-clock, your loved one’s comfort is at the heart of everything we do.

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Respite care

If you are caring for a loved one at home, you’ll know how tiring that can be. Cairdean House offers short term respite care, allowing you to recharge your batteries, knowing your relative is well looked after. Whether you long for a holiday or just a peaceful night’s sleep, we can help. 

We are also practised in delivering convalescent care, helping your loved one make the transition between a stay in hospital and returning to living at home.

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End of life care

Offering compassion and empathy, our specialist carers treat every resident and their family with dignity and respect as they approach this difficult period. Working together with your family, GP and health care professionals, palliative care, with pain management, is provided. This ensures that your loved one is as comfortable as possible as they reach their final days and hours.

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Advocacy services

The Cairdean House team works with independent advocacy services. If a person’s capacity means they have limited decision-making ability, an advocate will act on their behalf and support their best interests from an unbiased perspective. This service is particularly useful if a resident has no family to help them with decision-making.

Dementia care at Cairdean House

Dementia brings specific challenges that can be hard to deal with. Our experienced team can tailor their care programme to cater to your loved one’s needs. Allowing them to continue to enjoy a great lifestyle, with as much independence as possible, we encourage residents to remember things that are important to them, take part in enriching activities, and to retain dexterity for as long as possible.

Getting to know you

We take the time to get to know you and your loved one, putting each individual's needs, desires and choices at the heart of the care we provide.

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Dementia friendly environments

Our immediate surroundings can have a huge impact on our quality of life, particularly when trying to make sense of the world around us. We work with academic partners to create care home environments that help people living with dementia to live as independent and stress-free a life as possible.

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Our people and training

Our people are chosen for their attitude, dedication and caring nature and we are committed to their on-going training and development. From our carers and nurses, to our activity coordinators, chefs and maintenance teams, we will go the extra mile to build strong relationships – not just with individuals living in our care homes, but also with their friends and family.

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Support for families and carers

We understand that a dementia diagnosis will affect more than just one individual and we're here to support you and your family. Seeing a loved one change can be a difficult and heart-breaking experience and often the process of needing or delivering care can change family relationships significantly.

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Namaste care

We are proud to offer namaste care to residents living with advanced dementia. The purpose of namaste care is to give comfort and pleasure through sensory stimulation. Our namaste sessions are run by trained carers and involve individual caring touch, such as a hand or foot massages, music therapy, themed sensory and gentle movement sessions, or simply reminiscing.

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Delivering quality care

At Care UK every member of our team has a personal and professional commitment to providing excellent care.

We believe choice should be at the heart of every resident’s care. That’s why our teams are trained to deliver person-centred care. Residents and their families are involved in decisions about their care and are treated as individuals with unique wishes and needs.

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At Care UK our teams hold our values of caring, passionate and teamwork at the centre of the care they deliver.

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The care we provide is built around the latest academic research and knowledge. Our teams recieve award winning training and induction programmes when they join us which is clearly evident in the care we provide.

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Our dedicated and highly trained teams constantly strive to maximise the safety of residents, visitors and colleagues while keeping life as normal and fulfilling as possible for the people we care for.

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Delivering quality care
Delivering quality care
Delivering quality care


We’ve brought together many of the questions that families often ask us. If you need more information, or have any other questions, give our friendly team a call.


We understand people’s anxieties about moving a loved one into a care home. That’s why we make a promise to every new customer about what they can expect from any Care UK home.

We are proud to be the most awarded care home provider for the last two years, with more outstanding rated homes than any other provider. We work with residents and relatives to get their regular feedback, in meetings in each home, through surveys or just in day-to-day conversations. 

Our people are recruited for their positive and caring personalities as much as for their skills. Ultimately, all our care is person-centred – everything we do is tailored to the individual’s needs, preferences and interests.

Whenever you have a question about any aspect of your relative’s care, please bring it up as quickly as possible with any of the home team. Usually any issues can be resolved quickly and efficiently, and the earlier we know about it, the better. At Care UK we take quality extremely seriously and we strive to deliver exceptional care to all our residents, but sometimes things do go wrong. In the unlikely event that you have serious concerns about your loved one’s care, please talk to the home manager immediately who will put a plan in place to resolve the issue to your satisfaction.

Yes, the majority of Care UK homes do provide quality, short term respite care. Many family carers find it a helpful option if they need time to themselves. It’s also a good ‘taster’ of what permanent care would be like. Fees vary from home to home and will depend on your loved one’s needs, so the best option is to contact the home you’re interested in to get a clear idea of cost.

Absolutely. We care for older people who have a variety of needs through residential and nursing care, so you can rest assured that your father will receive the best of care. We also help residents to continue to enjoy a great lifestyle, including doing lifelong hobbies while discovering new interests and enjoying superb food.

Because we provide such a broad range of services, we can support residents with very high intensity needs. This means that as a person’s condition changes, they can stay in the same familiar home environment supported by people they know and trust.

We will always ensure that we support and provide the best quality care for your loved one from residential, dementia through to nursing and palliative care. We will always inform you of the changes in your loves one's needs and discuss the options with you.

Yes we can. The majority of our homes provide specialist dementia care in dedicated dementia suites. These suites have their own dining area and lounge, as well as a number of en-suite bedrooms. They are designed to minimise hustle and bustle, which people living with dementia can find unsettling. The staff who work in these areas have specialist dementia training and experience and can cater for residents with these very specific, high-level needs.

Yes, the majority of our homes provide specialist dementia care. We care for people living with all types of dementia. While we tend to care for older residents, we are able to care for those who live with the condition at a young age. Please do talk to the friendly team at your local Care UK home to find out how they can support you. They’re here to help.

Find out more about our approach to dementia care.

There’s no ‘one size fits all’ approach to care ratios. Our care ratios are calculated to take into account the complexity level and general care needs of each resident, so these will vary from suite to suite in each home.

We understand people may feel more comfortable with a carer who is the same gender when receiving personal care and will always to do our utmost to ensure residents' wishes are met.

Our approach to living with Coronavirus


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Our approach to living with Coronavirus