Skye care home res­i­dents face main­land move

The Oban Times - - Lochaber Times & Oban Times -

CON­CERN is mount­ing on Skye over the lack of res­i­den­tial care for adults as an­other home is due to close within weeks.

The Haven on Uig is to close be­cause of a lack of suit­ably-trained staff. Un­less a so­lu­tion can be found quickly, res­i­dents may have to leave Skye for sim­i­lar pro­vi­sion be­cause the is­land’s other few care homes are all full.

SOS NHS Skye has set up Face­book pages and pe­ti­tions as part of its cam­paign to save ser­vices on the is­land. Ac­cord­ing to the group, the fact four care homes have closed in as many years has re­sulted in hard­ship, anx­i­ety and hor­ren­dous jour­neys to Broad­ford and even In­ver­ness through the night as pa­tients are shipped off is­land for care far from loved ones.

Sarah Mar­shall from SOS NHS Skye told the Lochaber Times: ‘The ma­jor­ity of th­ese peo­ple are el­derly. Gaelic is their mother tongue so when you take them to the main­land they are away from fam­ily, rou­tine and even any en­ter­tain­ment pro­vided will not be what they are used to.

‘The Haven was help­ing with ca­pac­ity and of­fer­ing respite for car­ers, which is also so im­por­tant, but be­cause of pri­vati­sa­tion and heavy reg­u­la­tion th­ese places no longer be­come eco­nom­i­cally vi­able and the peo­ple in charge think it is no longer worth it.’

Skye MSP Kate Forbes raised the plight of The Haven in the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment cham­ber on March 30 as she ques­tioned the min­is­ter for pub­lic health, Aileen Campbell, on how the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment sup­ports res­i­den­tial care for older peo­ple in ru­ral ar­eas. Ms Campbell has of­fered to meet Ms Forbes to dis­cuss the mat­ter, which has been ac­cepted by the rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Skye, Lochaber and Bade­noch.

Ms Forbes said: ‘ The Haven has pro­vided qual­ity care for res­i­dents and I pay trib­ute to car­ers and staff. Across Skye, there is pres­sure on care beds for the el­derly so this will ex­ac­er­bate the sit­u­a­tion. How­ever, I’m de­ter­mined to do ev­ery­thing I can to es­tab­lish the best way for­ward for res­i­dents and their rel­a­tives.

‘I have met the di­rec­tor of adult care and oth­ers at NHS High­land and it’s help­ful that the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment is will­ing to of­fer ex­per­tise on the best con­ti­nu­ity of care for the res­i­dents. The ideal so­lu­tion for cur­rent res­i­dents and the com­mu­nity is a lo­cal care home.’

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