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Invereck House

Invereck House is situated 4 miles from Dunoon in Argyll. 



From July 2013 Invereck House became a designated Residential Care Home for older people with Dementia .We offer residential specialist dementia care to 28 individuals in an environment designed to reduce the effects of disability, and enhance the quality of everyday life. The Home has 28 en-suite rooms,T.V lounge,large lounge and a quiet room.  The house has extensive gardens and mature trees, which offer daily opportunities to observe the antics of red squirrels, deer and a variety of bird-life .There is also an enclosed sensory garden where residents can enjoy a tranquil setting with friends and family.. In better weather, the gardens are used for a number of activities, which can include  barbecues or an old fashioned leisurely afternoon tea with cucumber sandwiches.
Although we have two communal dining areas, residents can eat in their own rooms, or have the use of the main dining room when family are visiting or for a family celebration or get-together .


Aims & Objectives
The aims of Invereck House are:

  • To involve everyone in deciding their own needs – and to follow each person’s usual routine and habits in daily living.
  • To provide a homely atmosphere where people can live in comfort and dignity without intrusion.
  • To involve the people living here in decisions affecting their daily life and experience at Invereck.
  • To support continuing involvement in community life and activity in ways which are significant for each person.

Individual Care Plan

Individual Person Centred Care Plans are compiled following your advice and the information you give us.  This ensures that the support staff offer, suits you as an individual, and enables you to continue to do everything, which is important to you. 
It ensures that you stay in control of your life and environment; to say when and how you would like assistance in the cleaning of your room and in maintaining personal standards.  It ensures that you will have the kind of diet that you are used to, and that staff will not intrude when you don’t want them to do so.  As such, it is an important confidential document, which you (or your family with your permission) have access to whenever you wish.


Here at Invereck we firmly believe in involving, engaging and consulting our residents, their families and friends. To facilitate this we have regular Residents Meetings, Relative/Carer Committee, Focus Group (Staff), Residents Committee and Newsletter. 

Family Involvement

We want to support family members and friends who assisted you at home, to continue to do so when you are living at Invereck.   We do not want to interfere with any arrangements you may already have for going shopping, keeping appointments, or dealing with personal finances etc.  This help is available from us if you need it, but we recognise that continuing support from the people closest to you will contribute most to your sense of well-being. 
The advice of your family and friends is invaluable to us in caring for you, and we truly welcome them on your behalf, whenever they wish to visit.

Community Involvement

Sometimes it can be difficult to visit old friends who no longer get out, or to use public transport to get to community interests.   It isn’t that you have lost interest, but the effort involved may sometimes seem too much.  We can usually help, with prior arrangement,  by providing an escort and transport in a modern minibus modified for access and ease of use, which makes most things possible again.


Other Services include:

  • Single en-suite accommodation
  • Call system with Alarm buttons, pull cords to alert staff
  • Choice of bathing facilities
  • Chiropody
  • Hairdressing
  • Private telephones
  • TV socket in every room
  • Morning worship with residents and staff
  • Weekly church service
  • Family & friends welcome  at any time
  • Menu choice, special diets catered and flexible mealtimes
  • The house has for some time now operated a no-smoking environment for the benefit of both service users and staff.

Management & Staffing


A Manager and Deputy with considerable professional experience in the management of care for older people, lead staff at Invereck  They have had many opportunities for further professional development in their work and are qualified Work Place Assessors in Level 3 SVQ Social Care. The majority of our staff hold this nationally recognised professional qualification with the remainder working towards this. 

We also deliver the most up to date training in Dementia that is available using the Scottish Governments "Promoting Excellence Framework 2011" as our guidelines.


You can trust that the Staff at Invereck are highly trained and committed to looking   after you. You are very important to us and every effort will be made to ensure that your stay at Invereck is happy and that you have sensitive support in your personal care to retain your independence.
Many of our staff have worked at Invereck for a number of years. The quality of the service we offer is wholly dependent on their skills, and the warmth and sensitivity with which they approach others. Residents and their families often comment on the friendliness, consideration and approachability of staff as Invereck’s biggest asset and the warm welcome they receive when visiting. We also have in place an Activities Co-ordinator who will work with individuals and groups of  residents to enhance their social well being.
As someone living here, you can be involved in staff selection with managers, helping to appoint people whose abilities and personal qualities harmonise with the existing team, and the needs of the house.  All Care Staff are Christians and work from those values to ensure loving acceptance and appreciation of each person in our care.

Admission Procedure


We offer a supportive environment and an enhanced lifestyle to individuals with a diagnosis of Dementia who mostly although not exclusively,  come from the Cowal area of Argyll, or who have close personal or family connections with the area. The age criteria is from 60yrs onwards, although our average age is 80yrs.


The weekly costs at Invereck is £934 and is reviewed annually each January.You can fund this cost in one of two ways 1. Social Work Department 2. Self Fund (Private) If you self fund you can apply for the Scottish Executive Free Personal Care Allowance.

All rooms are fitted with private telephones and television aerial points.  The cost includes all services provided by Invereck, but you are required to meet costs personally incurred for private hairdressing, chiropody, newspapers, Your telephone calls. using our digital Panasonic  telephone system are free at present, representing  a significant saving on a private BT line. Costs for Dry Cleaning, 1-1 escort and travel arrangements would be required to be met by the resident.

Referrals Procedure

If you consider that you might benefit from the security and companionship at Invereck, it is a good idea to involve Social Work in undertaking a Community Care Assessment of your needs as soon as possible.  You may already have a social worker who has obtained Home Helps or an Alert system for you, and this person will help you.  Equally you can discuss this with your GP, District Nurse, Minister or Church Elder who will help and advise you.  Many referrals also come directly to us from older people and their families.  Staff from Invereck will gladly visit you at home or hospital to discuss it and ensure that you have the information you need.  Whenever possible, it is a good idea to have a short holiday or a weekend at Invereck,depending upon room availability,  as a means of helping you to decide whether life at Invereck would suit you.  This can often be arranged through Social Work who will contribute to the cost.
Referrals Procedure
If you are interested in what Invereck has to offer you can apply directly to the Service or talk with the local Social Work Department.   Both will be happy to give you advice.

Additional Information


These vary with the interests and activities requested by people living at Invereck with the emphasis on Meaningful Activities. Current examples include , films,lunch clubs,baking classes, quizzes, reminiscence group, art class, table tennis, ten pin bowling & Oomph ( Our organisation makes people happy) sessions, We have also introduced to our residents the pleasures of modern technology i.e. there own computer with skype facility to keep in touch with family and friends, nintendo D.S. Lites,I- Pad, I-Pods with docking stations, Nintendo WII for activities and keep fit , personal D.V.D. Player for those who prefer watching films wherever they wish.
We have a designated Activities Co-ordinator who will tailor activities to suit the individual.  Additionally we organise a series of entertainment afternoons, sometimes with professional entertainers and  local groups visiting to entertain ie Guilds / Baton Twirlers / Country Dancers / Singing groups. We have audio equipment, a piano, an organ, and an in-house library.  More personal services include hairdressing, manicures, chiropody.   Perhaps one of the best advantages is that company and conversation is always there when needed.

We have recently developed a couple of "Themed" areas in the home, namely a Seaside corner with sandpit and lots of tactile objects and sand to build sandcastles etc. and a "Train Station" corner, with train set and memorabilia to reminisce and enjoy.

Our minibus is available for trips to Dunoon on accompanied shopping trips arranged with keyworkers for those able to take advantage of this service,  and as needed for those wishing assistance, to visit friends, attend clubs or keep appointments.  We also use it for recreational outings in small groups, to visit places of interest and local events, and for picnics in better weather.

Catering is excellent , with professionally –trained cooks who offer a regularly changed menu with choice of main meals, not forgetting home baking for afternoon tea ! The Chef is invited to attend residents meetings to listen to new ideas for the menus. Our Chef is also available for consultation on a 1-1 basis to discuss any diietary requirements/preferences/weight issues/wellbeing concerns.

People living and working at Invereck have helped in compiling this information for you.
Please contact the Service Manager if you would like help in reading and understanding this information.


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Contact Details

Sandra Marshall
Invereck House
Argyll and Bute
PA23 8QS
01369 706231
01369 706417


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