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New retirement homes open at Newton Mearns development

A new phase of retirement homes officially opened last week at the Hugh Fraser Retirement Estate, formerly the Crookfur estate, in Newton Mearns.

Wellbeing charity retailTRUST is at the forefront of the development.

A total of 46 new homes have been delivered and it is expected that the development will bring £51.1 million to the local economy in the East Renfrewshire area.

A pioneering first, these innovative retirement homes in Don McCarthy Court combine residential supported living with digitally-connected smart home technology. They are among the first in Scotland to use voice and motion-activated technology to provide round-the-clock assistance, security, reassurance and companionship.

This new phase of homes has been named after the philanthropist and long-time retailTRUST ambassador, Don McCarthy CBE.

The redevelopment at the Hugh Fraser Retirement Estate was supported by a £5m funding package from Bank of Scotland, a sum that forms part of the bank’s £1.6 billion lending pledge.

The residents are all retirees with connections to the retail sector or supporting service industries. Enabled by the new smart home technology, from switching on their lights by voice activation, to setting voice prompts for medical appointments, residents will maintain their independence and wellbeing in their new homes.