Service report reveals preference for care home closure

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A care home in Oban could be replaced and ‘variable needs’ housing provided nearby, a new report has revealed.

Eadar Glinn Care Home is currently the subject of a consultation by Oban and Lorn Care Homes and Housing Project.

And after a workshop was held offering various options, the preferred possibility was the replacement of the home and the adjacent provision of variable needs housing, known as a ‘core and cluster’ operation.

The report, by service improvement officer John Dreghorn, states: ‘The ultimate aim of this project is to produce a single preferred option which meets care home and specialist housing needs, which can then go forward for approval and eventual implementation.’

The Oban and Lorn workshop took place on March 29 and was attended by 24 community representatives, including elected members, third sector, voluntary organisations, independent providers, trade unions and staff representatives.

The ‘core and cluster’ operation was the most preferred option out of six, refurbishment of the existing building came last.

The report added: ‘This option (the most preferred one) would result in the replacement of Eadar Glinn Care Home with a new small/medium sized care home facility (core) with associated variable needs housing (cluster) in close proximity.

‘In this model, staff working within the core would also provide care and a 24-hour response to those in the cluster. Clients in both core and cluster would also access care from wider community services.’

Further work with housing associations would be required to review and develop existing variable needs housing to accommodate tenants with higher levels of care needs than can be accommodated at present.

The preferred option may also include proposals for new variable needs housing developments based on the Argyll and Bute Housing Needs Assessment.

‘This (nursing care model) option would expand the provision of care to include nursing within the core and cluster, stated the report.

‘This could be delivered in several ways but as a minimum there would be a requirement to have access to 24/7 nursing care.

The issue was being discussed at a meeting of the Oban, Lorn and the Isles community planning group yesterday (Wednesday), after the Oban Times went to print.