Abbeyfield Ballachulish care home looks to open new wing in May

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Abbeyfield Ballachulish Care Home (ABCH) says it hopes to open its new eight-bed wing next month following the construction process.

It was several years ago that the board and management of the Abbeyfield Ballachulish Care Home became aware that there was a severe shortage of care home beds in support of surrounding communities and decided to try and raise the money required to convert the old flats into more useful bedrooms for older residents requiring residential care or nursing care.

The stand alone charity-run care home has been converting its assisted living flats into eight much-needed, en-suite rooms.

Wilma Allan, the home’s director of care, explained: ‘As a charity, funding this project was a challenge. A lot of funds were required to deliver the project. So, we approached some of the large charity-funding organisations, several of which agreed to provide significant funds for our project.

‘We are so grateful to these organisations for the finances they granted us which were
sufficient to cover two-thirds of the final costs – a truly wonderful gift for the surrounding communities. We also managed to secure a loan from Royal Bank of Scotland in Fort William to cover the rest.

‘So in late summer last year and in agreement with HSE Covid rules, we were able to start the building phase.’

Chairman of the ABCH board John McLaren added: ‘I have been chairman of the
ABCH for the last 17 years, and with the board and staff, it is pleasing for me to be able to announce that we are hoping to be able to open the new wing in mid-May this year.

‘We are currently advertising and interviewing for new staff to join the current ABCH team, some long serving. This will bring our staff numbers to around 60.

‘It has been a very busy time for us managing the building work whilst also dealing with the complex requirements of keeping our residents, staff, visitors – when allowed – and builders safe and protected during the current pandemic. Personally, I would like to thank all our staff who have worked so hard in this regard.

‘We are deeply indebted to the following organisations for their magnanimous support – The Cloth Workers Foundation, The Bradbury Foundation, Hong Kong, The Robertson Trust, The Hugh Fraser Foundation, The Garfield Weston Foundation, The Nancie Massey Charitable Foundation, Achnacarry, Bunarkaig and Clunes Community Fund and a family donation.’

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