Completion of Forres complex marks new approach to elderly care

Complex represents new approach to care for elderly in Moray.

A HOMELY ENVIRONMENT will replace clinical wards when the first elderly residents move in at a new sheltered housing complex in Forres.

Work has now been completed on the complex at Leask Road in Forres where it is expected that older people will receive treatment in the community rather than in hospital as at present.

Qualified nursing will be available 24-hours a day for five of the 33 flats at the Hanover Housing Association ‘Varis Court’ development – where it is hoped the more ‘homely’ environment will aid them back into life within their local community.

Helen Murdoch, who is the chief executive of Hanover Scotland, said that Varis Court residents will have all their needs catered for and receive the best of care: “They will be able to enjoy their independence while living in their own comfortable and warm homes.

“We are particularly pleased that we have been able to bring health care into the community – people prefer being cared for in familiar surroundings rather than in hospital. Not only is this better for their recovery or care, but it is far more efficient for health services.

“By working closely with Health and Social Care Moray, I believe we have a blueprint for other developments in the future.

“Hanover has an exciting programme in Moray over the next few years and our next development is currently being built at Glassgreen in Elgin where 30 housing with care units are due for completion in June next year.”

The dementia friendly properties include bespoke communal facilities including dining area and access to prepared meals, activity and relaxation areas along with staff facilities.