Blar Buidhe Care Home, Stornoway, Western Isles (Eilean Siar)
Blar Buidhe Care Home, Stornoway, Western Isles (Eilean Siar)
Blar Buidhe Care Home, Stornoway, Western Isles (Eilean Siar)

Blar Buidhe Care Home is located in Stornoway, on the Isle of Lewis, in the Western Isles of Scotland, a purpose built 40 bedded care home offering Dementia and Nursing care.

At Blar Buidhe Care Home Residents have a choice of lounge areas which feature comfortable and specially designed furnishings. There is a range of comfortable and well-equipped bedrooms. Many bedrooms have en suite facilities; all are wheelchair friendly, have TV aerial points and a nurse call system.

Chefs at Blar Buidhe pride themselves in knowing the tastes of Residents and preparing a choice of fresh, nutritional meals and catering for any dietary and cultural needs. At HC-One, experienced Home Managers and members of staff ensure kindness is at the heart of everything they do.

Group: HC-One

Person in charge: Peter Venus (Home Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Western Isles Council (click for contact details)

Type of Service: Care Home with nursing – Privately Owned , 40 residents

Registered Care Categories*: Dementia • Old Age

Specialist Care Categories: Alzheimer's • Asperger Syndrome • Autism/ASD • Bipolar/Manic Depression • Cancer Care • Challenging Behaviour • Colitis & Crohn's Disease • Down Syndrome • Drug Dependence (past or present) • Epilepsy • Head/Brain Injury • Hearing Impairment • Huntington's Disease • Motor Neurone Disease • Multiple Sclerosis • Muscular Dystrophy • Neuropathic • Orthopaedic • Parkinson's Disease • Prader-Willi Syndrome • Profound & Multiple Learning Disabilties • Schizophrenia • Speech Impairment • Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus • Stroke • Visual Impairment

Admission Information: Under 65 years. Ages 65+.

Languages Spoken by Staff (other than English): Scottish Gaelic; Gaelic, Tagalog

Single Rooms: 36

Shared Rooms: 2

Rooms with ensuite WC: 38

Facilities & Services: Own GP if required • Own Furniture if required • Pets by arrangement • Near Public Transport • Lift • Wheelchair access • Gardens for residents • Bar/Cafe on premises • Phone Point in own room/Mobile • Television point in own room • Residents Internet Access

* Care Inspectorate is responsible for the registration and inspection of social care services in Scotland.

Bed Vacancies

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Current Reviews

Review Score: 8.4 (8.400)

The Review Score of 8.4 (maximum of 10) for Blar Buidhe Care Home is based on 5 Review/Recommendations in the last 2 years. This Review Score of 8.400 is made up of a Quality Score of 4.65 Points (maximum of 5) relating to the rating and a Quantity Score of 3.75 Points (maximum of 5) relating to the number of positive Reviews/Recommendations.

  • The maximum Review Score for a care home / service is 10 and it is based on the published (including Restricted Publication) Reviews in the last 2 years. When a Review is submitted by someone who has previously submitted a Review, only the latest Review will count towards the Review Score.

    The Review Score of 8.400 for Blar Buidhe Care Home is based on 5 Reviews/Recommendations in the last 2 years.

  • The Review Score (maximum of 10) is made up of a Quality Score (maximum of 5) and Quantity Score (maximum of 5):

    • Quality Score: 5 Points are available for the average rating. For each review the care home / service is rated Excellent, Good, Satisfactory, Poor or Very Poor on a number of areas eg Staff, Management etc. The care home / service receives points for each rating as follows: Excellent = 5. Good = 4. Satisfactory = 3. Poor = 2. Very Poor = 1. These points are added up and then divided by the total number of completed ratings to generate the average rating. (Please note that the ratings of Very Poor and Poor have only been available since the change from Recommendations to Reviews on 7th July 2015.)

      The Quality Score (average rating) of 4.65 for Blar Buidhe Care Home is calculated as follows: ( (43 Excellents x 5) + (13 Goods x 4) + (4 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 60 Ratings = 4.65

    • Quantity Score: 5 Points are available for the number of 'Positive Reviews' for a care home / service. A Positive Review is defined as:

      • Any Review with 'Extremely Likely' or 'Likely' in answer to the question 'How likely are you to recommend this care provider to friends and family if they needed similar care or treatment?'

      • Any Recommendation. Before the change from Recommendations to Reviews on 7th July 2015 all feedback was limited to Recommendations (ie positive comments only)

      The 5 points available are broken down as follows:

      1. 3 points for receiving the first Positive Review.

      2. 0.1 Point per Positive Review, up to a maximum score of 1 Point. (ie a care home / service requires 10 Positive Reviews to receive the maximum score of 1 point.)

      3. (Number of Positive Reviews ÷ number of registered beds) x 2, up to a maximum score of 1 Point. ie a care home / service has to receive a number of Positive Reviews equal to half of the number of registered beds to obtain the maximum score of 1 point. eg a care home / service with 40 registered beds has to receive 20 Positive Reviews to obtain the maximum score of 1 point.

        (For Adult Day Care Centres and Extra Care Housing which do not have a registered number of beds, 1) and 2) are replaced by the formula of 0.2 points per Review, up to a maximum score of 2 points. ie a listing needs 10 Reviews to receive the maximum score of 2 points

      The Quantity Score of 3.75 for Blar Buidhe Care Home is calculated as follows:

      1. 5 Positive Reviews = 3

      2. 0.1 x 5 Positive Reviews = 0.500

      3. (5 Positive Reviews ÷ 40 Registered Beds) x 2 = 0.250

  • The Review Score is based on user Recommendations/Reviews submitted in the last 2 years. The maximum Review Score is 10. There are 5 Points available for the average of all ratings on users Recommendations/Reviews (Excellent 5, Good 4, Satisfactory 3, Poor 2, Very Poor 1). There are 5 Points available for the total number of positive Recommendations/Reviews submitted in relation to the number of beds at the Care Home.

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My mother was admitted to Blar Buidhe at very short notice from hospital. The staff were wonderful and made everything easy for us and a very welcoming experience for my mother. My mother settled in very quickly and we put that down to the wonderful care that she is receiving from the nurses and caring staff. We as a family are extremely happy with the care my mother is receiving. The staff are all very friendly, courteous and helpful to all members of the family when they visit. The care home is very clean and warm, the bedroom could do with a wee face lift!

How likely would you be to recommend Blar Buidhe Care Home? Extremely Likely

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities: Good

Care / Support: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Treated with Dignity: Excellent

Food & Drink: Satisfactory

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Good

Management: Excellent

Safety / Security: Excellent

Rooms: Satisfactory

Value for Money: Good

The review was conducted in a polite and informative manner. My aged mother's case was discussed in detail covering her physical circumstances, medication and comfort. All my questions were answered satisfactorily, and I was able to convey to my mother all that was discussed and agreed concerning her case. She confirmed in the presence of the social worker her continuing desire to remain under the care of Blar Buidhe.

How likely would you be to recommend Blar Buidhe Care Home? Extremely Likely

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities: Good

Care / Support: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Treated with Dignity: Excellent

Food & Drink: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Good

Management: Excellent

Safety / Security: Excellent

Rooms: Satisfactory

Value for Money: Good

The improvement in my husbands well-being and health, has been amazing, in this short period. To say he is enjoying his food, doesn't describe the change in him. He has gained a stone over this period, he rests well at night, responds well with staff, seems to have got his sense of humour back, has become alive again. Not a patient, human being.
He told a friend, "this place suits me very well".
He doesn't seem to feel hopeless, any more.
I also get a warm welcome from all the staff, and am so very grateful for the love and care, given to him. Nothing happens by chance, it is the lords goodness to us all.

How likely would you be to recommend Blar Buidhe Care Home? Extremely Likely

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities: Good

Care / Support: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Treated with Dignity: Excellent

Food & Drink: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Good

Management: Excellent

Safety / Security: Good

Rooms: Good

Value for Money: Excellent

More than a happy place.

How likely would you be to recommend Blar Buidhe Care Home? Likely

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities: Excellent

Care / Support: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Treated with Dignity: Excellent

Food & Drink: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Safety / Security: Satisfactory

Rooms: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

I have found this care home to be excellent in every respect. Any concerns are dealt with immediately with competent and friendly staff making the whole experience positive and comforting.

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities: Excellent

Care / Support: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Treated with Dignity: Excellent

Food & Drink: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Safety / Security: Excellent

Rooms: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

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