Parklands Care Homes has paid tribute to its longest serving employees as the company celebrates its 30th anniversary. Over 100 care staff from Tain, Aberlour, Keith and Buckie were invited to a celebratory dinner in Elgin’s Mansefield Hotel to mark the occasion.
Parklands Care Homes is marking its 30th anniversary with a significant funding boost for local community groups. The Parklands Pathway Fund aims to give back to the areas Parklands has served. Around £30,000 is expected to be made available to community groups and charities causes every year
The managing director of Parklands Care Homes has received a top award at this year’s Scottish Care awards. Ron Taylor won the Strategic Contribution Award in recognition of his contribution to social care over 30 years.
Two senior Parklands' leaders have been shortlisted for a prestigious Great British Care Award. MD Ron Taylor and Speyside care home manager Louise Gillies will compete for the Outstanding Contribution to Social Care and Frontline Leaders awards respectively.
A Ross-Shire care home has been rated as ‘very good’ by the Care Inspectorate. The independent regulator assessed Urray House in Muir of Ord against five criteria and awarded the home a grade five rating (very good) in each of them.
Weston View care home in Keith is actively seeking local volunteers and community groups as it aims to provide more activities for residents, both in the home and in the local community.
Parklands Care Homes is marking its 30th anniversary with a charity fundraising campaign designed to promote outdoor activity, build community links and raise funds for good causes.
Parklands Care Homes is set to launch a new podcast series which takes listeners on a fun-filled and often emotional journey into the world of its care homes. Recorded over the summer and autumn, Carecast is a 10-part series that celebrates the people behind Parklands as the company mark its 30th anniversary.
A Moray care home is to launch a weekly swimming club for residents and employees. Two residents have already taken the plunge. Ian Cresswell (89) and James Smart (78) tested the water at Keith Sports & Community Centre with manager Brenda Harper and activities coordinator Katie Hopewell, supported by carers Beth Penny and Yvonne Milne.
Parklands Care Homes has formally acquired two Moray care homes, with its managing director pledging to improve care standards and provide a better living environment for residents.
Two senior Lynemore care workers have been recognised for their “exceptional support in clinical practice." Shift leader Michelle Anderson and nurse Shiona Martin received the recognition following a nomination by Ashleigh Wilson, a nursing student from UHI’s Department of Nursing and Midwifery.
A Highland care home has been highly rated for treating residents with compassion, dignity and respect and for helping residents get the most out of life.
Parklands has unveiled a £1 million improvement plan for two Moray care homes ahead of their imminent transfer to the group. Wakefield House in Cullen and Weston View in Keith are both set for a major upgrade designed to create a better living environment for residents.
The founder of Parklands Care Homes has paid tribute to his staff and the local community for its support over the past 30 years. Managing director Ron Taylor kicked off the 30th anniversary celebrations at a community event in the grounds of Parklands care home in Buckie, the company’s first care home.
Residents at Lynemore care home in Grantown have been reminiscing about the past, thanks to Grantown Museum. The museum loaned the care home a series of special memory boxes which brought back a flood of happy memories for residents.
A carer at Eilean Dubh care home in Fortrose has celebrated her ‘hen dubh’ with residents and colleagues. Staff and residents at the Black Isle home threw the bash for Karen Ligertwood to celebrate her impending marriage in August to fiancé Paul.
The curtain has come down on Parklands Pride as drag queens Miss Lossie Mouth and Venus Guytrap took to the stage for the last time, marking the end of an unforgettable experience for residents and staff.
A Moray care home is to launch 'Summer at Speyside,' a five-week programme of activities and entertainment for children of all ages. Aberlour’s Speyside Care Home aims to provide a fun-filled summer experience for children while fostering intergenerational connections.
The managing director of Parklands Care Homes has stepped up calls for the Scottish Government to intervene in the “crisis” in social care. In a new video, Ron Taylor says the pace of care home closures is “frightening” and warns more will follow unless agreement is reached on future funding.
Plans for a new care home in Elgin have taken a major step forward after Moray Council approved an outline planning application for a 40 bed care facility in the town. Welcoming the decision, Parklands stressed that economic factors will determine when work on the project gets underway.
Parklands’ care homes in Grantown and Aberlour were bursting with Pride this weekend as they played host to two local drag queens, and gained a seal of approval from Drag royalty. As well as hosting its own Pride events, Parklands is a sponsor of Highland Pride.
Parklands Care Homes is to launch its own Pride event across Moray and the Highlands. Parklands Pride will be a celebration of diversity and inclusivity and will feature live performances from Venus Guytrap and Miss Lossie Mouth.
Parklands MD Ron Taylor has urged the Scottish Government to deliver a fairer deal for the social care sector amid rising costs and labour shortages.
Parklands Care Homes has launched a fresh drive to recruit more nurses with a cash bonus for new nursing staff worth up to £2,000.
A Fortrose school netball team has received a cash boost from Parklands Care Homes. Parklands, which has a care home in the village, has contributed almost £1,000 to buy 20 new strips for the team at Fortrose Academy.
Residents and staff at a Moray care home have formed their own choir. The Heart Strings choir at Speyside Care Home in Aberlour have delivered their debut performance, including a reimagined version of the classic ‘Climb Every Mountain’ from the Sound of Music.
The managing director of Parklands Care Homes has recorded a video message to newly elected First Minister Humza Yousaf, outlining the challenges facing the care sector. In his message, Ron Taylor highlighted the impact of inflation, recruitment and retention, agency costs and inadequate funding for care services.
Parklands Care Homes is backing Scottish Apprenticeship Week, highlighting the benefits of apprenticeships to individuals, businesses and the Scottish economy. Parklands has over a dozen modern apprentices across its group.
Care home staff in the north and north-east have taken part in a virtual training exercise that offers a unique perspective into the experience of living with dementia. The Virtual Dementia Tour is a powerful hands-on, interactive experience that simulates the challenges and frustrations that people with dementia face daily.
Parklands Care Homes has agreed to support administrators in managing Wakefield House in Cullen and Weston View in Keith after operator Craigard Care Limited was placed in administration.
A Tain care home has been given a 5-star rating by the sector’s independent regulator. Innis Mhor was assessed during an unannounced visit by the Care Inspectorate in January. Inspectors noted: “People's needs were met to a high standard by a committed, caring and professional staff team. There were trusting relationships between staff and the people they supported.
A Buckie councillor has praised staff at a local care home after they received the highest possible score from the care regulator for supporting residents to get the best out of life.
A Buckie care home has received the highest possible rating from the industry regulator for the way it supports residents to get the most out of life.
Plans for new key worker accommodation in Inverness have taken a major step forward after Highland Councillors approved the development.
Two north care homes are among those taking part in a new trial which uses cutting edge technology to prevent night falls and reduce anxiety among residents.
Speyside Care Home has received a 5-star review from industry regulator the Care Inspectorate. Inspectors spoke to residents, their relatives and staff during the visit and found “significant strengths in aspects of the care provided.”
Parklands Care Homes has resubmitted ambitious plans for new affordable housing for key workers in Inverness - its response to the cost of living crisis and lack of affordable homes in the city.
Speyside Care Home has launched a weekly pop-up tearoom in the village in a bid to strengthen community ties and keep residents active and engaged.
Parklands Care Homes has acquired Mo Dhachaidh Care Home in Ullapool with a pledge to deliver fresh investment in the village. Mo Dhachaidh becomes the 10th care home in the Parklands group.
A team of intrepid care workers battled wind and rain to climb the highest freestanding mountain in Moray in a bid to raise money for their residents’ comfort fund.
Residents at a Grantown care home can now ‘Nip Inn’ to their new local for a drink and a bite to eat after doing their shopping.
As the country celebrates The Queen's Platinum Jubilee, residents from across Moray and the Highlands have shared their memories of the Monarch and paid tribute to her 70 years of service to the nation.
Parklands Care Homes has introduced a new flexible wage scheme for employees to help them through the cost of living crisis.
Parklands Care Homes is to build new affordable rental homes for its staff and other key workers as part of a multi-million pound investment in Inverness.
Residents at a Keith care home have joined millions of Hindus to celebrate the arrival of spring with an explosion of colour.
Two years after care homes in Scotland first went into lockdown, Speyside care home manager Louise Gillies reflects on the challenges still facing the care sector.
Residents at a Moray care home have enjoyed a virtual tour of the world thanks to the wonders of modern technology.
Care home residents in Keith have been getting ‘inked’ up with striking new tattoos. And for one married couple, it was an opportunity to mark their love for each other.
Construction of a new multi-million care hub for the Highland capital has begun, as Parklands kick starts its biggest ever investment - a 58 bed care home and assisted living village.
This article features interviews with three Parklands employees - a carer, an activities coordinator and an area manager. Despite their very different roles, each shares the same passionate commitment to high quality care.
A carer at Urray House in Muir of Ord has been shortlisted for a prestigious award at this year's Highland Business Awards.
Parklands Care Homes is backing a UK Government plan to support young people into employment, creating 18 new care assistant posts across the group.
Parklands has worked with Triodos Bank UK to secure £20 million of sustainable finance for its nine existing homes, as well as a new multi-million-pound care project in Inverness.
The former head gardener at Gordon Castle has made an emotional return to the gardens that were his home turf for almost 60 years.
Residents at two Buckie care homes have taken to their feet to raise money for a charity that promotes physical activity in the care sector.
A new £5.5 million care home on the Black Isle will welcome its first residents next week, with operator Parklands Care Homes confident it will “raise the bar” with its mix of elegance and state of the art facilities.
A year to the day since care homes first went into Covid lockdown, Parklands MD Ron Taylor reflects on a relentless, exhausting year and looks forward to brighter days ahead.
Plans for a new later living village - part of a multi-million pound care hub for the Highland capital - have been approved, with work due to start this autumn.
A new shop has opened on the High Street in Buckie, but this one has an exclusive clientele and was opened by a former shopkeeper well known to Parklands!
Parklands Care Homes has been named Best Smaller Care Home Group in the national Care Home Awards. The group also won the Best for Communication award in the sector's most prestigious awards ceremony.
A charity run preschool on the Black Isle has received a funding boost for its campaign to build a more accessible play garden for local children.
On Care Home Day, Managing Director Ron Taylor pays tribute to the Parklands team for giving "their absolute all" during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Parklands MD Ron Taylor pays tribute to care home and pharmacy key workers for the sacrifices they are making to support our vulnerable residents and the wider community.
A Buckie resident has celebrated her 100th birthday as over 100 friends and family - and Her Majesty The Queen - pay tribute to her.
What's it like working on the front line of the care sector in the midst of a global pandemic? We asked one of our care home managers to give her perspective.
In line with expert health advice, Parklands has suspended all non-essential visits to its care homes with immediate effect.