Planning was lodged at the end of 2016 for new Dementia Care Unit, in Kelso.
‘Murray House’ is a proposed 18 bed Dementia Unit to be situated next to the existing Queen’s House Care Home. This is a residential nursing care home designed for the needs of Dementia residents and built using the latest knowledge for the needs of this growing illness. In the Scottish Borders no specialist units of this type currently exists. Over the next 20 years it is forecasted that the number of people aged 60 years and above in Scotland will be 24% of the population, in the Borders it will be 30%.
The 18 no. outward looking bedrooms are positioned to provide residents with a direct connection to the landscaped gardens; a feature which will assist in the effective care of dementia patients. Social spaces for sitting and dining are situated in the NW and SW corners to provide shared internal amenity space for both residents and guests which also provides direct connection to the outdoors.
The new care home will provide employment for additional staff. The supporting infrastructure will be separate to Queen’s House due to the nature of the Dementia residents having different needs. The central hub and service building will be positioned to the south east of the existing boundary wall and will share a public domain with Queens House. This allows the more utilitarian functions to be kept separate from the dementia care residents and will provide activity areas, a salon, and quiet room which service at a destination for residents of Queens House and the new Murray House.
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