Anita Dewar is Care Home Manager at Allanbank Care Home.
With spectacular views over the River Nith and the well-known Criffel hill in Dumfries, our care home is in the very heart of the Burns Country. A short distance from the Robert Burns Mausoleum, one of the most historic attractions in the area, Allanbank is surrounded by Scottish heritage.
The layout of the home, with individual suites off two central courtyards, reflects the very varied and individual needs of our residents. Each is very unique, just like the people we care for. Our highly trained team supports residents with a wide range of needs, including people living with dementia, with nursing needs, in residential care, as well as younger adults with mental health and other complex requirements.
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Our care home is registered to deliver care in three separate units. Each unit has it's own lounge and dining area and access to garden space.
In terms of our facilities at Allanbank, every suite has a kitchenette and lounge, with each small group of residents very much like a close-knit family. Our chef prepares delicious home-cooked meals which they enjoy in dining rooms in each suite. Loved ones are welcome to visit whenever they like and make themselves at home, putting the kettle on for a cup of tea. Having separate kitchenette areas means we can support residents with activities like baking and cake decorating.
Our residents are very proud of Montgomery’s, which is the hub of the home. There is a small bar area with a piano and non-alcoholic drinks and snacks. Some residents love to challenge one another to a game on our electronic darts board or watch a movie in the cinema area.
We have a library room with a range of titles, videos and DVDs which residents and their loved ones help themselves too and are regularly refreshed by the local library. There is also a hairdressing salon with a nail bar, if anyone fancies being preened or pampered. Allanbank also has a private family room if residents’ loved ones wish to stay overnight.
Is Our Home Purpose Built
How Many Floors We Have
Who Owns Our Building
Dining Rooms, TV Lounges, Sitting Rooms, Library, Bar / Pub.
Our accommodation is designed around two courtyard gardens with connecting unit corridors between Craigs and Glenkiln Units. Each one of our 67 single bedrooms comes with an en-suite which look out onto garden areas. We encourage residents to personalise rooms according to their preferences and tastes. Each room has phone and television points.
About Our Rooms
Number Of Rooms
Number Of Ensuite Rooms
Type Of Room
Freeview TV, Telephone Point.
Meet Our Carers
Our vision of keeping kindness at the heart of our care underpins the ethos of our entire organisation.
From our wonderful teams who care for our residents like they were members of their own families through to our senior management team – we are all here for the same reason.
We are committed to ensuring our residents, who choose Sanctuary Care to support them in their later years, are able to live happy and contented lives full of wonderful experiences and memories.
This is achieved through our dedication to recruiting the right staff who are supported to build rewarding careers with us, investing in our care homes and working together with our residents and those closest to them to deliver care and support in a way which shows true kindness at the heart of our care.
The Importance Of Meal Times
At Sanctuary Care we recognise meal times have always been a focus for residents in our homes which is why we invest in fantastic chefs and catering staff who can deliver delicious, nutritious menus and create an enjoyable dining experience for our residents. Some of our residents enjoy getting involved in the preparation and serving of food! You can read more about this in our case studies.
Cooked or continental? Sandwiches or hot food? The choice is yours with residents being involved in creating seasonal nutritional menus from old favourites to trying something new…there’s also always freshly baked cakes to enjoy for afternoon tea.
Midnight snack? No problem, refreshments are available to residents throughout the day and evening if they get a little peckish.
We encourage meal-times where residents can eat together and socialise in a relaxing environment but understand that residents may wish to enjoy food when they and where choose to have it.
Our trained staff understand the importance of eating well and staying hydrated and supporting residents living with dementia to enjoy food in their environment – making food more visible through coloured crockery and more appealing whether it's pureed, finger foods or moulded.
At Allanbank we are proud of the strong relationships our care home has with community groups in Dumfries & Galloway. Every week youngsters from a primary school visit to take part in activities, from baking and reading to arts and crafts. And of course, our residents are the perfect audience for their school plays and performances!
We have access to some fantastic activities, including walking football groups and dementia-friendly cinema screenings with Alzheimer’s Scotland.
Our residents living with dementia love the Forget-Me-Not Garden Group at HMP Dumfries. In partnership with Dumfries & Galloway NHS, a sensory garden has been created by the prisoners to enable them to give something back to the community. It’s regularly opened exclusively for residents from care homes. Whether doing a spot of light weeding to help maintain the garden or simply sitting and enjoying the tranquillity, our residents really benefit from this inspiring project. The prisoners also make planters and other items for our garden at Allanbank – and we often leave with bags of tomatoes and other delicious home grown produce. Our residents are especially fond of the ‘Cup a Soup’ planter created especially for us, which is designed to plant everything you could need to make the perfect soup.
Our home also has a fantastic link with Queen of the South Football Club, which kindly gives us free tickets to take our residents to their home matches, where they can sit in their own special area.
We also have our Allanbank choir. Our choir enjoys weekly practices and we have hired a church hall for our residents’ debut performance! We are especially excited to be accompanied by the voices of young choristers from local musicians who regularly perform in our home. The choir has proved to be a wonderfully inclusive and therapeutic activity for our residents. Whether they receive residential care, live with dementia or have nursing needs, it is something they all enjoy together.