Council’s care homes still a realistic option - plus ONLINE POLL

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METHILHAVEN Care Home is still very much “open for business”, a Levenmouth area councillor has reassured the public.

The home is one of those threatened as the current Fife Council administration looks to hand over control of its care home facility service to the private sector.

The authority claims severe budget constraints are behind the decision, with some homes in need of upgrade and improvement.

It’s a decision which has incensed service users, their families and opposition politicians, who claim the authority is turning its back on the elderly and frail.

However, Councillor Andrew Rodger, who last week stood as a candidate for the Holyrood elections with a priority pledge to try to retain the service, has said all is not lost in the battle, and Fifers should continue to consider the local council-run home for care provision.

He said: “Methilhaven is still open for business, but we’re down to around 18 residents now because I think people are unsure about what’s happening.

“I want to reassure people that any council closure could take a long time, but with council elections round the corner, whoever comes in may reverse the decision. In the meantime, people need to know that Methilhaven is available for up to 30 people and is still taking people in.

“It’s also just had a new kitchen fitted which is suitable for people with dementia and the respite care is also still really busy.”

Fifers will go to the polls next year to decide the make-up of the next local authority and Cllr Rodger reckons the care home issue will be an important one.

The independent councillor (pictured above) has already thrown his weight firmly behind any party which looks to reinstate local authority provision.

He added: “In a year’s time, we may have a change of administration. If I’m still on the council I’ll be supporting any party that wants to change the decision. The cost can be kept in house.”