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 , Registered for a maximum of 40 Service Users

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

Latest Care Inspectorate* Report on Blar Buidhe Care Home: click here

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

Bed Vacancies

Bed Vacancies

posted 24 Apr 2017

Please contact us for information regarding our bed availability

Reviews

8.4 Blar Buidhe Care Home has a Review Score of 8.4 (8.357)

The Review Score of 8.4 (maximum of 10) for Blar Buidhe Care Home is based on a) the Average Rating and b) the number of positive Reviews.

  • a) The Average Rating is 4.5 out of 5 from 7 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Blar Buidhe Care Home in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 3.9 out of 5 from 3 positive Reviews in the last 12 months.

  • a) 5 Points are available for the Average Rating of all Reviews over all time. 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 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.

    The Average Rating of 4.482 for Blar Buidhe Care Home is calculated as follows: ( (49 Excellents x 5) + (26 Goods x 4) + (7 Satisfactorys x 3) + (1 Poors x 2) ) ÷ 83 Ratings = 4.482

  • b) 5 Points are available for the number of Positive Reviews in the last 12 months. 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 Home to friends and family if they needed similar care or treatment?'

    The 5 points available are broken down as follows:

    1. 4 points are available for the first 5 Positive Reviews, 3 points for the first Positive Review and then 0.25 Points for each of the next 4 Positive Reviews.

    2. 1 point is available for reaching a target number of Positive Reviews based on 20% of the number of registered maximum number of service users. If the target is partially reached then that proportion of 1 point is given. eg a Care Home with 50 registered maximum number of service users has a target of 10 Positive Reviews, if it has 10 or more Positive Reviews it will receive 1 point, if it has 7 reviews will receive 0.7 points.

    The 3.875 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Blar Buidhe Care Home is based on 3 positive Reviews in the last 12 months and is calculated as follows:

    1. 3 + 0.25 + 0.25 = 3.5

    2. Target of 8 positive Reviews (40 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 3 Reviews ÷ 8 Target = 0.375

  • When a Review is submitted by someone who has previously submitted a Review, only the latest Review will count towards the Review Score.


Average Ratings

  • Excellent
    4
  • Good
    3
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
  • Don't Know
    0

How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Blar Buidhe Care Home?

  • Extremely LIKELY
    6
  • Likely
    1
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    0
  • Unlikely
    0
  • Extremely UNLIKELY
    0

Reviewer Connection to Blar Buidhe Care Home

  • Daughter of Resident/Service User
    3
  • Wife of Resident/Service User
    2
  • Friend of Resident/Service User
    1
  • Sister of Resident/Service User
    1

I visit the home 2/3 times per week and I have found the care provided to be of a high standard with management, nursing staff and care assistants easily approachable at all times. Since entering the home I have witnessed huge improvements in my friend's general health, demeanour and staff have a lot of interaction with her despite them being obviously short-staffed at times. Since the refurbishment, the home looks cleaner and brighter and has lost it's "institutional" feel and I would commend the company on that and I believe the bedrooms are next on agenda - hopefully soon as they are very "tired looking".

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

Average Rating: 

 3.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities: Good

Care / Support: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Treated with Dignity: Good

Food & Drink: Good

Staff: Good

Activities: Good

Management: Good

Safety / Security: Good

Rooms: Poor

HC-One, Careline Team at Blar Buidhe Care Home responded to this review on 25 Jan 2017:

Thank you for your very positive feedback about Blar Buidhe and it is good to hear that you are pleased about the refurbishment work that has been done so far. We have started upgrading bedrooms and this will continue on a rolling basis.

Very friendly, open, welcoming and helpful staff. Comfortable single rooms with open outlook. Good food and choice of menu and off the menu if requested. Visitors welcomed at any time and always offered tea/coffee etc. We are very pleased with the service provided and my mother settled in straight away despite reluctance to enter a care home.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities: Excellent

Care / Support: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Treated with Dignity: Excellent

Food & Drink: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Good

Management: Excellent

Safety / Security: Excellent

Rooms: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

My husband has been in this home now for over 6 months. His general health and well being has improved greatly over this period. There is a big difference in him. He never asks to come home now and is content and happy in the care and love he's given. The food is excellent and he's put on weight. He no longer seems down as he was, when he was in hospital. I'm encouraged and amazed at the improvement in his whole attitude to life. It is a lot more than I expected. The staff are wonderful to the clients and family and it is a joy to visit.

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

Average Rating: 

 4.4 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities: Satisfactory

Care / Support: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Treated with Dignity: Excellent

Food & Drink: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Activities: Satisfactory

Management: Excellent

Safety / Security: Excellent

Rooms: Satisfactory

Value for Money: Excellent

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

Average Rating: 

 4.3 out of 5

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

Average Rating: 

 4.5 out of 5

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

Average Rating: 

 4.6 out of 5

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

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

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

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Awards / Recognitions

April 2017

Top 20 Large Care Home Groups 2017

Recipient: HC-One

Date: Saturday 01 Apr 2017

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February 2016

Top 20 Large Care Home Groups 2016

Recipient: HC-One

Date: Monday 15 Feb 2016

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Job Vacancies

Staff Profiles

Peter

Peter Venus

Job Title: Home Manager

Joined: 2014

Description:

As a Registered Nurse, Peter has many years’ experience in providing care and support for older people to enrich their lives. He is a knowledgeable and dedicated leader who is passionate about delivering the highest possible standards in care and quality of life for Residents.

Peter joined Blar Buidhe as Home Manager because he closely shares HC-One’s vision in aiming to provide the kindest care for each and every Resident. He uses his experience to motivate his team to deliver care and support in a way that Residents gain the most benefit, in a warm and welcoming home.

He also works hard to arrange events and activities with nearby organisations and is always quick to welcome the local community to Blar Buidhe.

When asked what he enjoys most about his role, Peter remarked: “I love having the opportunity to interact with Residents and their families on a daily basis.”

Outside of work, Peter likes to spend his spare time reading, fell walking and running.

If you would like to find out more information about Blar Buidhe, Peter has an ‘Open Door Policy’ and would be pleased to welcome you for an informal discussion.

Care Home Idol 2016

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