Eileen Crawford is General Manager at Strachan House Care Home.
My career has included volunteering, working with the NHS and joining private providers to support adults and older people. Have worked as a manager, senior manager, in quality assurance and clinical governance and also as a learning & development specialist (nursing). During my working career, I have been fortunate to have my work accredited by the Royal College of Nursing, National Council for Palliative Care and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.
I love leading the team at Strachan House in the care and support of residents to provide a quality service that meets their individual needs. Safe practice in line with legislative and regulatory requirements is paramount, as is making sure the care is delivered to maximise the choices and wishes of those we support.
Our nursing home is a purpose-built care home in Edinburgh, near Craigcrook Castle. It provides 24-hour nursing care, in addition to dementia care, for older people. Public transport links are good and there are shops nearby. The home is set in well-maintained landscaped gardens and there is a dedicated Memory Lane Community for people living with dementia.
The Care Inspectorate is the independent regulator for the care sector in Scotland. On their most recent inspection visit in March 2017 they rated Strachan House 'Excellent' for care and support. It is rated ‘Very Good’ in all other categories. They said, ‘Strachan House Care Home provides excellent standards of care and support in an attractive, comfortable and safe environment,’ ; ‘Care and support was well organised, person centred with continuity provided by a team of motivated staff who knew the residents and their relatives/carers well,’ ; ‘Staff from all departments worked well together to given an excellent provision of meaningful activities, which included both group and one to one activities, and recognised the importance of physical activity. This helped to support residents to maximise their mental and physical wellbeing,’ and: ‘Management and leadership at the service were very effective. A comprehensive range of quality assurance systems monitored all aspects of service provision.’
At Strachan House we pride ourselves on the quality of the care we provide, the standards of hospitality on offer and the wide range of activities and social contacts we promote.
We are always happy to see visitors if you would like to drop in.
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The features and facilities are designed to the highest standards to enhance the lives of residents, and the care we provide is delivered by professionals who are committed to making this home an exceptional place to live. We understand how difficult choosing a care home for a loved one can be, so all our services are devised to make this process as smooth as possible, and our staff are always on hand to give you advice, should you need it.
On-site Access to kitchen facilities Activity classes Conservatory Day trips Exercise classes Flexible mealtimes Internet access/wifi Laundry Landscaped gardens Night bite menu Private dining Quiet lounge Relatives meal with residents Sensory garden Special dietery requirements TV lounge Vegetable plot
Accessibility Disabled bathroom Disabled WC/facilities Disabled parking Disability awareness/equality training Lift Lifting and handling equipment Step-free access Wheelchair access within home Mini bus or other transport
Extra services Chiropody Hair dressing salon Massage Newspapers/magazines Physiotherapy Residents may retain their GP
Freeview TV, Telephone Point, Secure Access, Alarm.
Meet Our Carers
We strive to make life at Barchester care homes as stimulating and fulfilling as possible and are committed to ensuring independence, dignity and choice in every aspect of daily life.
From carers and nurses to activities co-ordinators and chefs, our compassionate staff are all trained to use a person-centred approach and spend time getting to know every individual in order to learn what they like and what is important to them.
We always aim to deliver bespoke care to those who live at our home. We tailor our services to meet the unique requirements of each person and in a way that celebrates their individuality, whilst also helping residents to maintain as much independence as possible and treating them with dignity at all times.
Hello, my name is Annette Moffat, and I am the deputy manager here at Strachan House. I have over 30 years of experience as a nurse. I have worked in numerous fields of nursing. For many years I have worked in senior management, and was very happy to be given the opportunity to work in Strachan House.
I have worked at Strachan House since 2003. I started in the home as an admin assistant and was promoted to administrator in 2016. I love my job!
Unit Manager - Memory Lane
I am the Unit Manager on our Memory Lane community. I worked at one of our sister homes previously before moving to Strachan in the Summer of .
Head of Activities
I have come to Strachan House as the Head of Activities and bring with me 9 years’ experience within the same field. I am fortunate to work in such an amazing environment with all the facilities that allow our team to offer residents a varied activities programme that enhances their lifestyle and well-being.
I joined the team at Strachan after qualifying as a music therapist in 2008 and I visit the home on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
We have two weekly music group sessions that are popular with residents who enjoy participating through singing, playing an instrument or dancing.
I also work closely with the physiotherapy staff, providing musical support for the exercise classes, as well as combined one-to-one sessions where appropriate.
There are some residents who I see regularly on a one-to-one basis and this sometimes involves singing with them by their bedside.
I really enjoy my job and continue to be amazed at the positive impact music can bring in a care home setting, particularly to those living with dementia.
Here at Strachan House we have 4 physiotherapists who take care of our residents and provide 7 days a week support. We are also proud to say they are an integral part of our team with their service and dedication to the home.
Lynne Loudon has worked at Strachan House since it opened – over 25 years! Kate Tulloch has now been with the home for over 18 years, with Ana Wersun having completed 6 years, and Ethel Sinclair, the comparative “newcomer” at 4 years’ service. Each share the same passion to support the homes' residents.
I have worked in Strachan House for 7 years. I first started as a carer before moving onto activities, which I really enjoyed. I started working on reception at the beginning of 2019 and with any new role you are forever learning. I believe I now have the best of both worlds as I work 3 days on reception and 2 days on activities. This allows me to spend some quality time with our residents and enhancing they day-to-day lifestyle. I am passionate about my roles within the home. Outside of work I like art, music, yoga, and spending time with my family at the weekends.
I have worked at Strachan House for 16 years as Head Housekeeper. I enjoy my work as it is extremely varied and I get to meet lots of new people. Strachan House is a very nice home to work in. Outside work I love spending time with my grandchildren, dog walking and bingo. So all in all, life is very busy.
Head of Maintenance
My name is Mike and I have worked for Barchester since 2015, and have been based at Strachan House since 2017. I am now the head of maintenance here at Strachan House. My role involves supporting our gardener and helping to maintain our home here to the highest of standards.
My name is Ian Bruce and I am the Gardner here at Strachan house.
I studied horticulture at the Scottish Rural College and also at the Edinburgh Botanical Gardens and love using my experience to tend to Strachan House's stunning grounds and gardens, creating relaxing, beautiful areas for our residents and their loved ones.
I would like to introduce you to our Therapet here at Strachan House, our much loved Rhum who has recently qualified for his10 year silver medal service award from Canine Concern Scotland.
Rhum is an eleven year old Gordon Setter and has been visiting us here at Strachan House for nearly all of those ten years. Rhum immediately gets excitable when his special lead comes out and he realises where he’s about to visit. As soon as his waggy tail comes bounding in through our doors here at Strachan House, he brings all the cheer in with him.
The Importance Of Meal Times
Food and Nutrition at our home
Our irresistible cuisine is prepared with only the very best fresh, seasonal produce, and based on the individual tastes of the people we support. Our menu will satisfy even those with the smallest of appetites; from breakfast through to dinner, residents can discover something different with fresh flavour and lovely presentation. Our fantastic chefs are always keeping themselves busy in the kitchen creating new and exciting dishes for everyone to enjoy.
For residents that have difficulties in swallowing we modify the menu of the day so that is it a soft, palatable dish. To support our chefs in producing these dishes, our hospitality and Chef Academy organises theory and practical workshops. Working in partnership with Nutricia, our practical workshops involve all chefs and deputy managers learning about dysphagia and producing these modified menus. The chefs work with the chef trainer to prepare fork mashable and thick puree meals to the correct consistency, taste and presentation. The deputy managers can then ensure all modified menus served are presented correctly for our residents.
Attracting top chefs
Our chefs are recruited on the basis of an interview with the regional hospitality support team and the manager for the home. Selection also involves a practical element where potential cooks are asked to cook for and meet a panel of people living in the home. Chefs take their job extremely seriously and our annual Chef competition sees our chefs battle it out in regional heats and then at a national final for the accolade of 'Barchester's Chef of the Year'.
Our activities team are great at building the activities programme around the likes and interests of the people we care for. Ensuring that our social events offer fun and adventure is part of the ethos of our home; it’s important that those we support can enjoy an active and social lifestyle. Of course, there will always be those who prefer peace and quiet, and in these instances, a cup of tea and a chat are always welcomed.