Residents to remain at care home

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No residents of Lynn of Lorne Care Home in Benderloch will have to move out after its owners withdraw nursing care, thanks to cover by community nurses.

The private care home, which looks after up to 62 residents, run by McKenzie Care which has now been renamed West Coast Care, gave 13 weeks’ notice on April 30 to end its contract with Argyll and Bute’s Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP).

An HSCP spokesperson said: ‘The main reason they gave for the decision was that they have been unable to recruit sufficient nurses and were relying on agency nursing staff.’

Officials assessed residents affected by the decision, to ensure they would receive the level of care and support they required, and invested in its community nursing service to support residents as necessary.

Last week they met residents and their families ‘to discuss the outcomes of their assessments and the options of care and support that is available’.

The Lynn of Lorne’s director of care, Jackie Weston, told The Oban Times: ‘Following an extensive assessment and consultation period, all residents are to remain at Lynn of Lorne. Any specific nursing tasks will be carried out by visiting community nurses.’