Specialist care is key to Scotland
The traditional long term healthcare market in Scotland is quiet at the moment, but there are opportunities in specialist areas. This was the conclusion of a recent workshop in Edinburgh organised and sponsored by Savills and Barclays Bank.
Scotland has about 1300 care homes, of which just under 1000 are for older people. Homes for people with learning disabilities, currently about 330, are the next most numerous. Although demographics for the sector are positive, no one is predicting when the good times will return. Banks are lending but the process can take a very long time, sometimes necessitating several revaluations.
The specialist areas identified by Alan Bennett, associate director, Savills, were autism, alcohol related brain damage, dementia and high quality, mainly private residential care. Care villages have not really taken off in Scotland. Although there are about 40 care villages in England with another 40 or so in the pipeline, there is not a single care village in Scotland which provid