Care Homes

Care Homes

Lower Johnshill

78 residential and dementia care places

At Lower Johnshill in Auchlochan, the key word is “home”.

“We are the residents’ home,” says Manager Margo Brunton. “So we’re friendly, welcoming and like a large family. It’s where residents live, so they should be able to do the things they enjoy.”

The rooms come in three sizes (standard, deluxe and turret), and all are en suite with small private kitchens. “We make sure residents have their own tea, coffee, milk, sugar, bread and biscuits,” Margo adds. “So they can decide where to have breakfast, or take their guests to their rooms for refreshments.”

The lounges and garden are safe for people with dementia to enjoy, and those who like gardening are welcome to tend the flowerbeds. Three Social Care Facilitators work together to produce an activity programme of quizzes, arts, crafts, music and singsongs, as well as three fetes a year. “Residents do love a pantomime,” laughs Margo. “They’re not just for Christmas!” Outings, too, are based around where residents themselves wish to go, such as heritage centres, the seaside and places for cream teas.

Food is freshly prepared on site every day, to all dietary needs and preferences – including the same desserts for diabetic residents, only without sugar.

And of course, from every window there is a beautiful view – of lochs, wildlife and the green of the adjoining Hollandbush golf course.

Lower Johnshill care home
Lower Johnshill care home


49 nursing and residential care places

Situated in Lesmahagow, just a mile from the village centre, Bankhouse provides truly personalised residential and nursing care.

“We embody MHA values,” says Home Manager Emma Davies. “That means treating everyone with respect and dignity, and as a unique individual.”

Each private bedroom has an en suite lavatory and wash basin, while some also have wet rooms or small baths. All residents are welcome to relax and socialise in the two lounges or take some time in the quiet room. They might also enjoy the air in the attractive courtyard, complete with lawn, flowerbeds and garden furniture.

“We have regular residents’ meetings with the Social Care Facilitator to ask people what activities they want to do,” Emma adds. “So we have a lot of games and outside entertainers – the kilt man band is very popular!

“And we love to celebrate. There’s usually a party in the main lounge for milestone birthdays, and of course we’ll provide a cake and decorations.”

Bankhouse has its own salon where residents can enjoy appointments with the hairdresser who comes by weekly.

“But most of all, we’re proud of the care we offer our residents,” Emma says.

“We’re really happy to celebrate birthdays, to provide the activities and meals that residents want, and generally make sure it is a real home in the best sense of the word.”

Bankhouse care home