Inverurie’s new care village has been officially opened.
There was a day of celebrations at Bennachie View as Aberdeenshire’s Lord-Lieutenant James Ingleby declared the £10 million facility open last Friday.
At the ceremony, Aberdeenshire Provost Hamish Vernal helped residents to bury a time capsule for future occupants to discover.
There was plenty of entertainment on offer for both residents and guests during the day’s activities. A piper brought the celebrations to a close on Friday evening.
The development includes a 60-bed care home as well as eight semi-detached cottages which will provide suitable independent living accommodation.
As part of a partnership with NHS Grampian, 10 bedrooms within the care home will host a specialist dementia facility which was previously a part of Inverurie Hospital.
Councillor Vernal said: “This has been a wonderful day for all the residents, staff, local schools and the wider community.
“This project has been years in the making and it is great to see the care village complete.
“The new care home shows the significant investment we as a council are making to provide a range of housing options for older people in Aberdeenshire.
“The care village model follows a similar development in Stonehaven which was completed in 2012 and provides for both 24 hour care and independent living.”
Work on the new care facility began in December, 2013.
Bennachie View has now replaced Blythewood Care Home in Port Elphinstone.
Residents moved out of the Port Elphinstone home and into the new care village located on Balhalgardy Rise last month.
The main building of Bennachie View consists of a central core area which then branches off into five separate households.
Each household is made up of 12 single en-suite bedrooms, a living room, dining room, assisted bathroom, a visiting services room and a quite lounge space.
Chair of Social Work and Housing Committee, Councillor Anne Allan, said: “As we all know moving home can be very stressful, but the care and attention of the staff here have made the move as seamless as possible.
“It is good to see the residents enjoying their new home and building relationships with the community and local schools.”