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Ground-breaking housing scheme completed by Highland Council in Fort Augustus will provide a key link between independent living and residential care


By Alasdair Fraser

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Representatives of Compass Building and Construction Services, Highland Council, NHS Highland, Fort Augustus and Glenmoriston Community Company and Telford Centre Care Home celebrate completion of the project.
Representatives of Compass Building and Construction Services, Highland Council, NHS Highland, Fort Augustus and Glenmoriston Community Company and Telford Centre Care Home celebrate completion of the project.

A ground-breaking pilot scheme developing housing as a "stepping stone" between independent-living and residential care has been completed in Fort Augustus.

Highland Council’s Telford Centre housing development pilots a new type of house – a flexible, adapted property designed to support residents with an increasing need to stay at home and live independently for longer.

The six houses are self-contained, with intelligent design making kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and exterior space flexible and easily accessible to residents in a variety of ways.

These include an additional room to the rear which can be used for anything from a small dining area to space for an overnight carer or guests.

Patio doors onto the garden from the lounge allow residents to sit out, while a large covered porch can act as a dry entranceway or a place to park a mobility scooter.

Residents receiving care will continue to do so through care at home visit packages, but, by grouping the homes together, care delivery can be much more efficient without long distances between clients, allowing them to spend more time on care.

The architect was Bracewell Stirling, the engineer was HGA and the contractor was Compass Building and Construction Services. The project was delivered under budget.

Council leader Margaret Davidson said: "Development of adapted houses is not new to the council, but this pilot takes the fresh step of building the units in the grounds of the Telford Centre Care Home to provide the missing link between living independently and in a formal care setting.

"I am sure the new residents will be very happy in their new homes."

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