The Vision of Malin Court, Care Home in Ayrshire

It is almost 40 years since a man called Niall Hodge first conceived a plan to develop a nursing home care home environment combined with a Hotel providing full serviced accommodation in a retirement care home facility.

Having already made his home in Turnberry right next to the world famous Turnberry Open Golf Course following a very successful business career, he decided to put something back, and the something was Malin Court. Mr Hodge realised that people were living longer yet there was little provision for them to maintain the standards of their own comfortable homes and lifestyle and to be able to spend their later years in dignity with some independence.

Mr Hodge’s vision was that Malin Court should provide sheltered housing accommodation for the elderly, supported by nursing and care facilities of the highest standards.

The unique feature of this vision was that it should couple its sheltered housing with hotel and restaurant facilities, with these being a focus of interest to resident as a result of the coming and goings of the public who use them.

Thus Malin Housing Association was formed in 1971 as a charitable association to provide suitable housing for the elderly.

The Hotel, Restaurant and Conference facilities have been built for the sole purpose of supporting the Housing Association and contributing to the running of Malin Court.

Malin Court is governed by a Committee of businessmen, some of whom were close friends of Mr Hodge.

We are also supported by Turnberry Trust which was formed following the death of Mr Hodge of 1981.

All who are associated with Malin Court are proud to carry on Mr Hodge’s vision.

Charter of Rights

The Objectives of the Association

  1. To carry on for the benefit of the community the business of providing housing and any associated amenities for the elderly, disabled, or handicapped persons or any other persons in necessitous circumstances upon terms appropriate to their means without discrimination on grounds of race, religion or otherwise.
  2. The charter will therefore comprise the following:
  1. the right to be treated with dignity at all times and to be treated as an individual whatever disabilities or frailties one may have;
  2. the right to pursue independence, responsibilities and choice where they do not infringe the rights of others, e.g. Voting rights and postal vote arrangements;
  3. the right to privacy in relation to one’s own space, one’s own belongings, one’s own financial and personal affairs;
  4. the right to have one’s own views acknowledged and respected;
  5. the right to care for oneself as far as possible and have appropriate assistance if required and where appropriate to contribute to the care of others;
  6. the right to be informed of new procedures and these made explicit, the right to comment and have one’s expressed opinions heard and listened to;
  7. the right to mix with other people in the community, whither by going out or by inviting others into the residential home, and to join in daily organised activity;
  8. the right to have assistance when necessary and practicable to access the facilities available within the wider community, medical, social, educational, leisure and other services;
  9. the right to have free and clear access to our complaints procedure;
  10. the right to have confidentiality in relation to medical and personal information, access to information on file and to know on what basis information is shared with others;
  11. the right to have a personal advocate (representative) to safeguard one’s interests if required;
  12. the right to take appropriate risks in relation to the exercising of one’s rights;
  13. the right to expect the management and staff to accept a degree of risk involved in these principles and not to have one’s personal autonomy unreasonably constrained/restricted for fear of such risk.

Confidential Information

Residents may be assured that information, confidential to them, shall not be divulged to any person outside Malin Court except:

a. when required by law
b. to other parties to whom the information is necessary for their treatment
c. with the written permission of the resident or their representative.

All records are stored securely in lockable files and residents may have access to these at any time.

Members of staff shall maintain adequate security measures over confidential information in their possession by not divulging that information or allowing access to records to third parties without authority.

Closure of Malin Court

Should the need ever arise that Malin Court would be forced for any reason to close the home, arrangements would be made for residents to move to another home.

The Care Commission would be informed immediately and they would then be involved in all the plans.

Residents and relatives would all be consulted and choice of where to stay be taken in to consideration.

We hope that this would never happen and that Malin Court will continue to exist for many years to come.