Work will shortly commence on the £5.9m Ardseileach Care Development which will meet the care and support needs of adults with learning disabilities and complex care needs.
The project, which will take up to 2 years, will replace the accommodation of the existing care home and respite service to provide a modern up-to-date facility. In addition, the building of supported accommodation units will provide different styles of individual and shared living options, with varying levels of support provided depending on individual needs.
In recent years the inflexibility of the design and layout of Ardseileach Care Home has at times required the Comhairle to accommodate and care for clients on the mainland and this new facility will help to reduce those numbers.
Local firm, Lewis Builders, have been awarded the contract and the Comhairle is holding an information event for immediate neighbours and Stornoway North Elected members, next week. Technical Services and Social and Community Services staff as well as a representative from Lewis Builders will provide information and the plans for the development. The Comhairle wishes to apologise for any inconvenience to service users, families, neighbours and visitors during the construction phase of this project.
Senior management at Ardseileach will be writing to all service users, representatives and stakeholders this week, outlining the stages of build and the provision arrangements to counter any impacts on the ongoing operation of care home, respite and day care services. Within the correspondence, dates for all planned events will be communicated.
Cllr Uisdean Robertson, Chair of Health and Social Care, said: “I am delighted that the Ardseileach Core and Cluster Development is underway, providing a new up to date care facility and giving a boost to the local economy. This investment demonstrates the Comhairle’s commitment to provide high quality living accommodation to adults with learning difficulties.
“This new resource supports individuals to live independently where this is appropriate and where needed, 24 hour residential care facilities are available.
“Ardseileach is a major employer of social care staff and I know that they are very committed to ensuring that the disruption to service users and their families will be kept to a minimum during the construction phase.”