Providing care and accommodation for the vulnerable requires a special set of skills. It also requires the right environment. For adults with learning disabilities, safety and security come high up the list. However, comfort and warmth are just as important, allowing residents to feel relaxed, happy and at home.
Kerr Care, which owns Westlands Supported Accommodation in Broughty Ferry, Dundee has set the bar high with Westlands, a beautiful, 19th Century building which has been lovingly restored to provide residents with a spacious and comfortable environment.
Westlands provides short, medium and long-term stays for its clients. Providing 24-hour care for those over the age of 18, Avril Kerr’s team supports residents to develop and maintain their daily living and social skills, while encouraging independence.
So, when Avril decided to buy an additional building across the road from the main house in the Summer of 2016, it soon became clear that there was a lot to do! The 1960s building, which had been rented out to students for many years, had fallen into a state of disrepair with, as Avril describes, ‘practically everything requiring attention’.
Having worked with us on other projects in the past, Kerr Care approached GoSustainable in February 2017 with a view to completely refurbishing the annexe.
“When we called GoSustainable in, it’s fair to say we were pretty daunted by the scale of the works. However, for us, it was about meeting the changing needs of our residents and saving them from another move further down the line so we decided to explore what could be done within the budget we had.”
We recommended a complete strip-out of the property and provided cost and time estimates for a full refurbishment of the existing four bedroom property, with an attic conversion to create an additional bedroom and en-suite. The five-bedroom annexe now houses two bedrooms, fully fitted wet-room, dining kitchen and lounge on the ground floor, two further bedrooms and a shower room on the first floor, and a bedroom with en-suite on the top floor.
It goes without saying that the residents, who moved into their new home in February 2018, were wowed by what Avril described as a ‘showhome’.
Our clients are delighted – two of them could no longer use the stairs so we were keen to provide them with a better and more manageable solution. They absolutely love their rooms and everything that comes with them, from the disabled access and wetroom right through to the carpets and decoration.
The loft conversion has gone down a treat with one of our younger and more independent clients – it’s essentially their own flat.
The other huge advantage to working with GoSustainable was that we knew where we were financially. They were upfront from day one and kept to the original quote, as well as the timescales being exact. Nothing went over so we always knew where we were, and what it would cost. The tradesmen were also great throughout the project and I could just let them get on with it. I would highly recommend GoSustainable to anyone with a significant project on their hands, as it really does take the stress away and save time and money long-term.
The full case study for our project with Westlands can be found here.