Care of el­derly plan is so vi­tal

Hamilton Advertiser - - WWI 100 YEARS ON -

I faced a dilemma as I sat down to write this col­umn.

Last time, I wrote about your coun­cil’s pro­pos­als to in­vest £17.6 mil­lion mod­ernising lo­cal care homes and some peo­ple’s mis­guided crit­i­cism of the plans.

The prob­lem is, I still think how we look after our el­derly is one of the most im­por­tant is­sues we face, so my apolo­gies if I re­turn to the sub­ject again.

Our pro­pos­als are de­signed to give older folk ex­actly what we know they want – to live at home and in their com­mu­ni­ties and, when nec­es­sary, they want our sup­port to help them do so for as long as pos­si­ble.

No one wants to go into hos­pi­tal and when they do, they want to go home as soon as they are fit to.

They don’t want to go into a care home un­less they re­ally need to – and if they do have to, they want the fa­cil­i­ties to be as good as pos­si­ble.

These are the prin­ci­ples at the heart of the care homes mod­erni­sa­tion pro­gramme and phase one is al­ready see­ing plans de­vel­oped for a new care fa­cil­ity in Blan­tyre to serve the Hamil­ton/blan­tyre area.

This will be a tran­si­tional care fa­cil­ity, so-called be­cause it will be a unit where peo­ple stay for a short time, ei­ther to get them back on their feet after a spell in hos­pi­tal or to pre­vent them hav­ing to go into hos­pi­tal in the first place.

The fa­cil­ity will be part of a wider hub, with a cen­tre of ex­cel­lence for the train­ing and pro­vi­sion of the sort of skills, like phys­io­ther­apy, that res­i­dents will need be­fore they can go home.

Top lev­els of care will also con­tinue to be pro­vided to sup­port them when they do go home. There will also be a num­ber of hi-tech per­ma­nent homes for some par­tic­u­larly de­pen­dent peo­ple.

Some peo­ple have fo­cused on the fact the plan en­vis­ages the re­place­ment of Kirk­ton House and Mcwhirter House.

The coun­cil has eight care homes. Four are in very good shape for the long term but four are age­ing, in­clud­ing Kirk­ton and Mcwhirter. Soon they will not be able to pro­vide the care

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