Tackling care needs of the Western Isles

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Work is set to begin at the Ardseileach care centre in Stornoway for adults with learning and complex care needs.

The Ardseileach Care Development will provide new residential, supported accommodation and respite service provision on the existing site.

Once completed the accommodation will provide for 23 adults, incorporating four additional supported accommodation spaces.

Tenders to build this new facility have been received and a report about the project will be considered at the next series of Comhairle meetings in February. It is anticipated that work will begin in early spring.

The new development will address a projected shortfall in available residential and supported accommodation for young people moving into adult care from children and young people’s services and those living at home with elderly family carers.

This new resource will increase the capacity of the Comhairle to meet the demand for local care and in particular respite and emergency admission, as well as preventing the need for some mainland placements in future.

The modern four space supported accommodation units will replace the need for the three houses currently used in Stornoway.

The Ardseileach Adult Day Centre will be retained.

News of the new development at Ardseileach follows on from the announcement of Government funding to address the problem of delayed discharges in the Western Isles.

Last week the Gazette reported that £640,000 had been invested to tackle the issue.

A spokesperson for the Comhairle this week described how the money could be used to help overcome the problem, saying: “The Comhairle welcomes this additional three year funding allocation to NHS Western Isles amounting to a total of £640k for dealing with delayed discharge patients.

“This could be used for a range of initiatives to alleviate delayed discharge and local partners will be considering proposals that will positively impact on reducing the number of individuals who are currently delayed in hospital.

“As an example, the funding could pay for eight nursing care beds but this would be dependent on new capacity being developed.

“The Comhairle welcomes the Scottish Government’s recognition that this is a national issue and we would look forward to working with our partners on considering options through Health and Social Care integration.”

Work on the new resource at the Ardseileach care centre is expected to begin in the spring.