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By Ben Murray
Dumfries and West
Care home is best in Scotland
CELEBRATED CARE . . . staff from Allanbank Care Home in Dumfries with their award

A DUMFRIES care home has been named Scotland’s Care Home of the Year at the national Caring UK awards.

Sanctuary Care’s Allanbank site has been praised for its creative activities programme, connections with the local community, and training and development opportunities provided to the care home team.

The judges also highlighted Allanbank’s commitment to staff development.

This was recognised as an area of excellence, with specialist dementia and delirium training provided by the NHS IDEAS Team in Dumfries.

Open since 2020, the care home has been providing respite, residential, dementia, nursing and mental health care for 69 residents.

The home has even formed a strong relationship with Scottish League One team, Queen of the South, who donates season tickets for residents.

Allanbank Care Home manager Sandra McNay said: “We are over the moon to be named Scotland’s Care Home of the Year.

“It is testament to the commitment and hard work of our team, who go above and beyond to deliver person-centred care to each individual who lives with us.

“Our team are passionate about enriching the lives of our residents by creating engaging experiences that bring them joy. Our activities include an annual pantomime written with our residents and regular cabaret shows directed by our activities coordinator Nick Barry, a seasoned entertainer.

“One of our carers, Rhiannon Dewar, is also a talented artist who runs one-to-one art sessions with the residents.

“These sessions create a great sense of achievement and community for the residents, with the artwork having been displayed in a special exhibition in the home.

“We are incredibly proud of the care we provide and for this to be recognised at a national level has put a spring in everyone’s step.”

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