Work complete on new day centre and care home in Kingussie

A newly refurbished care home and day centre in Badenoch has reopened.

The Wade Centre in Kingussie has recently undergone a £1.4million revamp.

Heating, electrical and lighting systems at the centre have been upgraded and improvements were made to the residents’ en-suite bathrooms.

The centre was re-roofed and fire safety measures were upgraded, including the installation of a sprinkler system.

The garden area was also improved to allow easier access and use for residents.

The centre has 10 beds, eight of which are residential and two for respite.

The wider work will see the creation of a new hospital and health centre in Aviemore and the eventual closure of Ian Charles Community Hospital in Grantown-on-Spey and St Vincent’s Hospital in Kingussie.

Georgia Haire, deputy director of operations for NHS Highland’s Inner Moray Firth Operational Unit, which includes Badenoch and Strathspey, said: “I’m delighted that work has been completed on a major refurbishment programme at the Wade Centre.

“I believe it underlines our continuing commitment to deliver quality health and care services in Kingussie.

“We are making good progress with reshaping of our services in Badenoch and Strathspey to ensure that they best meet local needs. It’s been a wide-ranging project, and our strong emphasis on developing community services is reflected in the work that has been done at the Wade Centre.”

Funding for the project was delivered through Highland Council’s capital plan.

Stuart Black, the Highland Council’s director of development and infrastructure, said: “The refurbishment of the Wade Centre is an excellent example of how modernising care can be achieved through the redesign of health and social care services.

“I would like to pay tribute to the joint working between NHS Highland and Highland Council to achieve this upgraded facility that is now fit for purpose providing care for older people in the area.”

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