Braeside House

81 Liberton Brae
Edinburgh EH16 6LE
Tel: 0131 270 3020



Jenny's Well

196 Hawkhead Road
Paisley PA2 7BS

Tel: 0141 370 7950


Braeside House and Jenny's Well are part of the national charity Royal Blind, charity number SC017167.


Our History

Resident with relative The Early Days 

Royal Blind has a long history of caring for older people. Our first residential home for elderly women opened in 1825. In 1929, as a result of severe overcrowding at Craigmillar Park, the Thomas Burns Home was built to house blind women. This provided a safe environment to live and work for those who were either too frail or unable to care for themselves independently.

Mid 1990s

Over time many of the residents became older and frailer and there was a need for nursing care. In 1946 an eventide home called Oswald House opened and provided nursing care for blind women of all ages. This remained open until 1969 when all care was transferred to the Thomas Burns Home.

Late 1990s

By 1988 the home catered for older people who required either residential or nursing care. The accommodation at Thomas Burns was becoming archaic and plans were made to open a new home. Canaan Home in Morningside opened in 1991.

Changes in legislation resulted in our residents becoming much frailer on admission and in need of nursing care rather than residential care. To meet their changing needs the decision was made to move to another location.

Braeside House in Liberton, Edinburgh, opened in 1999 as a purpose built care home for visually impaired older people. The building at Canaan Lane became part of the Royal Blind School campus. Canaan Lane now also houses three other Royal Blind services - Forward VisionKidscene and the Royal Blind Learning Hub.

Expanding to the West

In 2015 Royal Blind announced plans to build a second care home in the West of Scotland. A site was purchased in Paisley to construct Jenny's Well Care Home. The new care home opened in October 2017 and was constructed alongside a second veterans' centre for Royal Blind's sister charity Scottish War Blinded. Find out more about our Paisley project.