Hope for 80 new jobs

Cathcart's 3 Bridges is to open in May.
Cathcart's 3 Bridges is to open in May.

A NEW care home is about to be opened in the southside, providing 80 jobs for the area.

Having secured £4.9 million funding from the Royal Bank of Scotland, the Northcare home, 3 Bridges, is set to open in May and will cater for 72 patients in plush surrounds.

Split over two floors the Cathcart development will be home to 72 patients.

Of those, half will be frail, elderly patients, living on the ground floor, who will have access to their own private patios, while the upper level will house 36 dementia sufferers who will have a balcony access from public areas.

In the state-of-the-art home, patients will also have access to high-speed internet connections and Skype facilities.

As with the group’s other care home, 3 Bridges is designed to allow a feeling of independence.

Residents will have kitchens to encourage independence under supervision and a secluded chicken run gives the opportunity to care for fowls or collects eggs.

Self-sufficiency is encouraged with raised plant beds giving the opportunity to grow vegetables and a drying green for residents to hang out their washing.

Other attractions will include underfloor heating and a hairdressing and beauty salon.

A spokesperson for Northcare said: “Northcare is a family run business which has been established for over 20 years. We strive to operate our homes as a home in every sense of the word.

“Clients will be supported to achieve independence and inclusion within the community. Any disabilities will be recognized and honored by providing varying degrees and methods of support to suit the individual concerned.

“This will be undertaken in an environment which is safe and secure.

“Northcare Scotland is one of the few privately owned care homes in the central belt to be awarded with a customer excellence award”.