Kate Forbes MSP has secured a meeting with a Scottish Government minister as she bids to ensure residents at a care home in Skye, which will close within two months, can remain on the island close to family and friends.
Unless an urgent solution can be found, residents at The Haven in Uig may have to leave Skye for similar provision – because the island’s other care homes, of which there are few, are all full.
Skye MSP Kate Forbes raised the plight of The Haven in the Scottish Parliament chamber today (30 March) as she questioned the Minister for Public Health Aileen Campbell on how the Scottish Government supports residential care for older people in rural areas.
Ms Campbell has offered to meet with Ms Forbes to discuss the matter in more detail, which has been accepted by the Skye MSP.
Kate Forbes MSP said: “There is a pressing need for adult residential care in Skye and so it is with sadness that I learned that The Haven in Uig is to be closed.
“The Haven has provided quality care for residents and I pay tribute to carers and staff who have cared for residents of the Haven.
“There are clearly challenges with recruitment of care staff, for a number of different reasons. As the sister of two carers, I know what a challenging, yet rewarding, job it can be.
“Across Skye, there is pressure on care beds for the elderly and so this will exacerbate the situation.
“However, I’m determined to do everything that I can to establish the best way forward for residents and their relatives.
“I have met with the Director of Adult Care and others at NHS Highland, and it’s helpful that the Scottish Government is willing to offer expertise on the best continuity of care for the residents.
“The ideal solution for current residents and the community is a local care home.”
The Skye MSP added: “I’m keen to look at all of the options, and I’m grateful that the Scottish Government Minister for Public Health Aileen Campbell is willing to meet with me to see what can be done.
“As Skye MSP I will leave no stone unturned as I seek a local solution.”