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Allanbank Care Home in Dumfries

Bankend Road, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway, DG1 4AN
Dementia care
Mental health care
Nursing care
Palliative care
Residential care
Respite care

Care home admissions during the Covid-19 pandemic

Safe admissions into our care homes includes the option for new residents to self-isolate in the comfort of their own home for 11 days, before joining us in the care home where they will be tested for Covid-19 and supported to self-isolate for 3 more days until the result of the test is known.

With spectacular views over the River Nith and the well-known Criffel hill in Dumfries, our care home is in the very heart of the Burns Country. A short distance from the Robert Burns Mausoleum, one of the most historic attractions in the area, Allanbank is surrounded by Scottish heritage.

The layout of the home, with individual suites off two central courtyards, reflects the very varied and individual needs of our residents. Each is very unique, just like the people we care for. Our highly trained team supports residents with a wide range of needs, including people living with dementia, with nursing needs, in residential care, as well as younger adults with mental health and other complex requirements.

Engaged in our local community

At Allanbank we are proud of the strong relationships our care home has with community groups in Dumfries & Galloway. Every week youngsters from a primary school visit to take part in activities, from baking and reading to arts and crafts. And of course, our residents are the perfect audience for their school plays and performances!

We have access to some fantastic activities, including walking football groups and dementia-friendly cinema screenings with Alzheimer’s Scotland.

Our residents living with dementia love the Forget-Me-Not Garden Group at HMP Dumfries. In partnership with Dumfries & Galloway NHS, a sensory garden has been created by the prisoners to enable them to give something back to the community. It’s regularly opened exclusively for residents from care homes. Whether doing a spot of light weeding to help maintain the garden or simply sitting and enjoying the tranquillity, our residents really benefit from this inspiring project. The prisoners also make planters and other items for our garden at Allanbank – and we often leave with bags of tomatoes and other delicious homegrown produce. Our residents are especially fond of the ‘Cup a Soup’ planter created especially for us, which is designed to plant everything you could need to make the perfect soup.

Our home also has a fantastic link with Queen of the South Football Club, which kindly gives us free tickets to take our residents to their home matches, where they can sit in their own special area.

We also have our Allanbank choir. Our choir enjoys weekly practices and we have hired a church hall for our residents’ debut performance! We are especially excited to be accompanied by the voices of young choristers from local musicians who regularly perform in our home. The choir has proved to be a wonderfully inclusive and therapeutic activity for our residents. Whether they receive residential care, live with dementia or have nursing needs, it is something they all enjoy together.

In terms of our facilities at Allanbank, every suite has a kitchenette and lounge, with each small group of residents very much like a close-knit family. Our chef prepares delicious home-cooked meals which they enjoy in dining rooms in each suite. Loved ones are welcome to visit whenever they like and make themselves at home, putting the kettle on for a cup of tea. Having separate kitchenette areas means we can support residents with activities like baking and cake decorating.

Our residents are very proud of Montgomery’s, which is the hub of the home. There is a small bar area with a piano and non-alcoholic drinks and snacks. Some residents love to challenge one another to a game on our electronic darts board or watch a movie in the cinema area.

We have a library room with a range of titles, videos and DVDs which residents and their loved ones help themselves too and are regularly refreshed by the local library. There is also a hairdressing salon with a nail bar if anyone fancies being preened or pampered. Allanbank also has a private family room if residents’ loved ones wish to stay overnight.

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Latest Care Inspectorate Report

1st October 2019

Allanbank, Dumfries (PDF 112KB)

Stories from the home

Living area at Allanbank care home.

Care communities 

With eight small suites, our lounge and dining areas are homely and our teams are able to provide true person-centred care.

Resident at Abercorn House

Lovely review

“I am very happy knowing my mum is safe, well, warm and looked after. Well done to all the staff”.
Son of Resident

Garden area at Allanbank care home

Our outdoor retreat

At the heart of the home is our beautiful courtyard garden, always bright with sensory planting and seating.

Bedroom at Allanbank care home

Cosy bedrooms

Much of our home has been recently refurbished and our en-suite bedrooms are spacious yet cosy.

Facilities at this home


  • Dining room
  • Games room
  • Hairdressing salon
  • Lounges
  • Pub
  • Wheelchair accessible garden
  • Wifi


  • Children visits
  • Choir
  • Community events
  • Day trips
  • Gardening
  • Light exercise
  • Reminiscence sessions
  • Sensory activities

Care and support

  • Chiropody
  • Hairdressing
  • Home cooked meals
  • Physiotherapy
  • Podiatry
  • Respite Care
Care staff

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Bankend Road
Dumfries & Galloway
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New residents can either self-isolate in their own home before coming to the care home, or join us and then self-isolate*.

Sanctuary Care new admissions information

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Update from Sarah Clarke-Kuehn (Adult Social Care Winter Plan) – Group Director Sanctuary Care 21 September 2020

Update from Sarah Clarke-Kuehn (Visiting) – Group Director Sanctuary Care 14 September 2020

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