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St Peter's House

This section provides details of the service available from St Peter's House. The information is divided into five sections:


St Peter’s has 32 bedrooms, 28 bedrooms for long term service users and 4 that are used for short breaks. This means that people can come to St. Peter’s for a few days or weeks as a short break.


All bedrooms are furnished and have a wash hand basin. Many are en suite and others have facilities nearby. Bedrooms are on the ground floor or on the first floor with easy access by stairs or lift.

Personal Items

Please feel free to bring personal items with you, such as TV, pictures, favourite pieces of furniture etc.

Philosophy of Care

All service users individually have the following list of rights. However, it should be acknowledged that in communal living situations sometimes compromises will need to be reached to ensure all service users feelings of comfort and safety. We are totally committed to service users living in a tolerant abuse free environment.

  • Dignity
  • Privacy
  • Choice
  • Safety
  • Realise potential
  • Equality
  • Diversity

Keyworkers and Care Plans

Before you become a resident at St. Peter’s you will have a key worker allocated to you.

They will, with you and or an advocate, draw up a care plan and risk assessment that contains all the details about your care needs. Your keyworker is responsible for keeping the care plan up to date and you will be asked to sign it.

The keyworker will also be responsible for your review meetings. There will be two annually. One will be internal for you, your keyworker and family if you wish and one external that your care manager will attend as well.

St. Peter’s House Aims and Objectives

To enable older adults to live in a safe secure environment ensuring that their rights, freedom of choice and dignity are promoted and respected.

This service should:

  • Meet needs through individual care planning and risk assessments.
  • Promote quality of life - physical, social, emotional, financial, spiritual.
  • Respect confidentiality at all times.
  • Promote independence and self esteem while respecting dignity and privacy.
  • Provide skilled and sensitive care.
  • Ensure any communication needs are addressed.

Meal Times

Meals are served in the dining room or where requested.

  • A cooked breakfast is served from 8am to 11am.
  • Lunch is from 12pm to 2pm and there is a choice of courses.
  • Tea is from 4pm to 5.30pm.

All meals can be kept until service users are ready to eat. Hot and cold drinks are served throughout the day and are also available on request.

There is a range of snacks available in the chiller in the dining room at all times. Service users may help themselves or request staff to help them. Fresh meat, bread, fruit and vegetables is purchased on a daily basis locally and special diets are catered for on request.

Daily Life

St. Peter’s has some basic routines but we try to make life as flexible as possible. You choose when you want to get up or have a shower or bath.

St. Peter’s has a designated smoking area for service users to use. Alcohol is allowed unless there are medical reasons it should not be. We will try to meet any requests for specific spiritual and/or cultural needs to be met.

  • We provide a laundry service.
  • There is a pay phone available for use on both floors.
  • Newspapers can be ordered from the local newsagent who will send you an account.
  • Visitors are allowed at any time.
  • There is a safe in the office where residents may keep their money and valuables. Each bedroom has a locked drawer for valuables.
  • Activities are often available and service users are encouraged to keep up any outside interests.
  • There are televisions in the sitting room and conservatory. You may bring your own for your room if you wish.
  • The hairdresser comes weekly.
  • You may keep your own doctor unless you will be outwith his area, in which case you can transfer to the nearest practice. The community nurse calls at least twice weekly.
  • Dentist and opticians appointments can be arranged by yourself or staff and transport can be provided.
  • The chiropodist visits every three weeks.
  • We have a small shop where residents can purchase small items such as sweets or toiletries.
  • Social events and entertainment are organised regularly.
  • Church services are held most Sundays.

Respite Care

There are four rooms at St. Peter’s available for short breaks. Arrangements for respite care are the same as permanent residents. Visitors are welcome at any time. We just ask that they sign in and out in the visitor’s book at reception in case of fire.

Further Information

For further information on St Peter's House, please contact Orkney Health and Care on Telephone: 01856 873535, or visit our contact us web page within the Related Links section.