Accommodation, Care & Facilities
Caledonia Care Home ranges across two floors of 45 bedrooms, and residents each have a spacious single room with en suite wetroom/shower, wash basin and toilet. The ground floor has three nursing care units for frail and elderly patients, while on the top floor we have a further three units providing nursing care for those suffering from dementia. Each of the six units has a manager and a dedicated team including nurses, senior carers and care assistants. Our staff have specialised training and experience in the challenging task of working with people suffering from dementia and other mental conditions.
Each unit has a lounge, a quiet area and a dining room and residents can move around on their floor finding their own favourite places to sit and socialise. One of the quiet rooms has been decorated like a library, and there are various themed areas throughout the home. Each wing has a large specialist bathroom with all the equipment required for those who need help washing.
One of the most stunning aspects of Caledonia is the view across the Firth of Clyde to the Isle of Arran. Residents can sit in our lounges, or on the decking which runs all the way around the home, and watch the Arran ferry arriving and departing. Our staff assist residents with mobility both inside and outside the home. When the weather is good or when a breath of fresh air is desired, our residents can enjoy the secure patios and gardens at their leisure.
Staff at Caledonia are passionate about what they do and aim to provide the highest possible standard of care. Our team consists of registered nurses, senior carers and care assistants who are trained to meet the needs of frail and elderly people, and those with dementia. The excellent chef and kitchen staff cook up delicious and nutritious meals on a daily basis, taking into account the dietary requirements of each individual resident. Meanwhile the housekeeping, domestic and laundry teams ensure every inch of the home is clean and hygienic. The building is maintained and kept secure by the maintenance staff, who can also help residents change the décor of their rooms. Our activities coordinators plan a whole range of exciting and stimulating sessions, in addition to excursions outside of the home, to ensure that residents live life as fully as they are able. Our managers running the home make sure professional standards are met – and exceeded – while keeping a close eye on everybody’s wellbeing. Staff training takes place on an ongoing basis, with carers regularly completing their update courses according to national guidelines. Many of our staff take additional courses and extra training to advance their careers and improve their contribution to Caledonia.
Teamwork is what underpins our approach. Everyone works together as a team, and alongside external professionals such as doctors and district nurses, to ensure that the needs of each individual patient are met. We are committed to protecting the rights of every resident in our care, ensuring their dignity, privacy and choices are respected.
Eating, Activities & Entertainment
No matter how young or old you are, food is one of life’s great pleasures. We make sure that residents at Caledonia receive meals that are nutritious, delicious and enjoyable to eat. All our meals are prepared fresh on the premises.
Cooked breakfasts, cereals, toast and fruit are available every morning. The main meal is served at lunchtime each day, with a choice of two dinners from the menu. Our meals are rotated on a 28-day basis, and residents take part in a menu group that meets regularly to plan which meals will go on our menu. Good home fare is what residents tend to like. Local favourites like stews, soups, pies, haggis, and mince and tatties are all popular and appear regularly on the menu. The evening menu contains lighter hot and cold options. Mid morning and afternoon teas are served every day, offering a selection of drinks as well as biscuits, cakes and portions of healthy fruit.
Our chef takes into account the specific dietary requirements of each resident. These might be down to a condition or allergy such as diabetes or wheat intolerance, they might be due to culture or religion, or purely based on an individual’s tastes. Mealtimes present the opportunity to socialise, however anyone who wants to eat in the privacy of their room is free to do so.
Residents are encouraged to continue their hobbies and interests when they move to Caledonia. Our dedicated activities coordinators lead a variety of exciting and stimulating sessions both for fun and for wellbeing. In fact, the list is exhaustive, however favourites include armchair exercises, relaxation groups, pampering sessions, bingo, fundraising evenings, knitting club, gardening club, crosswords, quizzes and live musical events. Our Karaoke fish and chips nights are particularly popular. Twice a month we have pet therapy, one of our staff brings in her two Jack Russell terriers for residents to pet and play with.
The care home is very close to the seaside in Saltcoats, and just two minutes from the town centre. The beautiful Ayrshire coastline provides plenty of destinations for excursions further afield such as Largs and the Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park. In the summer, we plan a holiday away for our residents to places like the Isle of Arran.
Caledonia holds a regular activities forum which involves residents, family and staff in the choice and planning of our activities, events and excursions. Our activities coordinators will also gear activities towards individual residents depending on their hobbies and interests. Everyone is treated as an individual.
Friends and Loved Ones
We encourage relatives and friends of people living at Caledonia to play as full a role as possible in the life of the home. Family and friends can visit at any time, day or night. Arrangements can also be made with staff for residents to leave the home to visit with friends or relatives. Theme nights and celebrations in the home are also a fantastic opportunity for family to share in life here at Caledonia, and many of our residents enjoy going out for coffee, lunch or dinner with their families.
Our manager has an open door policy and is always willing to discuss the needs of residents with their relatives. Relatives meetings are held every eight weeks and are well-attended. They offer us the opportunity to share news on the home with relatives, and listen to their comments and opinions. We also have regular manager’s surgeries, and a relatives’ notice board that displays upcoming events and updates on the home. Relatives are also invited to take part in our menu and activities forums, helping us plan ahead and make improvements.
We keep in touch with relatives overseas – in the US, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa, for instance – via email or Skype, sending them Caledonia updates. From time to time we hold information sessions for relatives on relevant issues such as dementia and guardianship of the elderly.
Relatives can also play an important role in the care being provided. Arrangements can be made for anyone who wishes to eat with their loved one, or help with their care. When care plans are reviewed and changed, residents can have whomever they wish present and this often involves family members and, where relevant, social workers. We encourage close relatives to take the greatest interest in care plans and their development.
There are always opportunities for relatives to participate in the home, whether that is helping with the activities we run, joining in on social occasions, or assisting with fundraising. Relatives are a key part of the Caledonia family.
To find out more about the home please download our brochure in digital format.