Manager praised for saving Benderloch care home from closure

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A manager at the Lynn of Lorne Care Home in Benderloch, who took up the job at the ‘lowest point in its history’, has reached the finals of the Scottish Care Awards for saving it from closure.

Georgina Taylor has been nominated in the Manager/Leader of the Year category in the awards, celebrating ‘the best of the independent care home sector’.

Jackie Weston, her line manager and director of care, who nominated Georgina, said: ‘She took up the post in summer last year knowing the home was at the lowest point in its history – with poor grades and a nurse staffing crisis.

‘People had faith in her and she demonstrated a real passion for the home.

‘The owners were planning to close. She lobbied and consulted and convinced her partners an enhanced residential model could work. The process of change has been hard but the home and staff are going from strength to strength. Her commitment and drive has resulted in fabulous life-changing personal outcomes for people.’

Georgina Taylor has been recognised as one of the leading care home employees in Scotland.
Georgina Taylor has been recognised as one of the leading care home employees in Scotland.

Georgina was delighted to have been recognised and said: ‘I am very surprised but thrilled and honoured to be chosen as a finalist in these prestigious awards.’

Mrs Weston told The Oban Times: ‘Her unwavering dedication and collaborative approach resulted in residents’ wishes to remain at Lynn of Lorne being achieved. Georgie and her team share a vision for transforming the service.

‘A recent inspection by the Care Inspectorate was very favourable, with inspectors acknowledging that staff are kind, caring and are eager to further develop. There are exciting times ahead for Lynn of Lorne, with Georgie about to oversee a major refurbishment project for the home.’

Earlier this year the owners of the private care home, McKenzie Care now renamed West Coast Care, withdrew nursing care, giving a 13-week notice on April 30 that it was ending its contract with Argyll and Bute’s Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP).

An HSCP spokesperson explained at the time: ‘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.’

In August, after residents’ needs were assessed, it was announced no residents of Lynn of Lorne Care Home would have to move out, thanks to cover by community nurses.