Everything in the garden is rosy at Bieldside care home


The business community in Aberdeen city and shire has again come to the aid of a Bieldside care home by donating thousands of pounds to its £2million fundraising campaign.

Simeon Care Home for the Elderly launched their New Lease of Life appeal last year to raise funds for building a new facility within the grounds of their existing facility in Cairnlee Road, Bieldside, and are now more than half way to meeting their ambitious target thanks to a corporate funding pot bolstered by a diverse range of local businesses.

The most recent funding has been a £10,000 pledge by Tipperty-based firm Connon Brothers, which will boost funds already pledged by the BG Group, the ASPC, TAQA, SPD, Crerar Hotels Trust, Mark Shaw Funeral Services, Bancon Construction, Scotmid Co-Operative, and the Aberdeen Asset Management’s and St James’s Place charitable foundations.

Simeon is currently home to 18 older people and has already begun construction of the new facility, which will significantly improve care home services and boost capacity by providing 23 en-suite bedrooms.

The building, designed Camphill Architects, features dementia-friendly design and a commitment to energy efficient technology. Now the care home has secured the services of an internationally recognised specialist in the design, research and use of healing gardens, therapeutic landscaping and dementia-friendly spaces, Dr Garuth Chalfont (pictured), the Bieldside care home site being his first project in Scotland.

In addition, the landscape architect has shared his knowledge and expertise with the wider care community in the North-east by hosting an Aberdeen workshop attended by 60 people from throughout the region’s care sector. This was kindly organised by the Wellbeing Team of Aberdeen City Council.

Jeannie Carlson, Simeon manager, said: “We are beginning to see our new building take shape - with a fantastic facility planned, we recognised how important it was to make sure the outdoor space complemented that and were aware of the excellent work done by Dr Chalfont in England.’’

Dr Chalfont said: “I have been incredibly impressed by the energy and enthusiasm for the new facility.

‘‘My whole philosophy is based on creating spaces which promote activity with meaning and purpose, rehabilitation and wellbeing, regardless of disability or impairment.

‘‘ Nature is therapeutic and a garden can be a wonderful healing tool, particularly for people with dementia, and can encourage and support communication.”