Kirkcaldy care village on schedule for September

Council representatives including Cllr David Ross and Cllr Judy Hamilton with Barbara Hughes and Helen Jarvis.

Council representatives including Cllr David Ross and Cllr Judy Hamilton with Barbara Hughes and Helen Jarvis.

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Construction of the new care village in Ostler’s Way, Kirkcaldy is on schedule to meet its target completion date next September.

The 60-bed care home will be wind and watertight by Christmas and work on the interior layout and fittings is planned to begin in the new year.

Construction is also under way on the 26 affordable homes being built alongside the new care home.

The housing will consist of a mix of Extra Care and Specific Needs 2-bedroom bungalows that will provide more support to tenants than traditional sheltered housing.

Cllr David Ross, local Kirkcaldy councillor and leader of the Council, said: “Through the care village concept we are providing older people with high quality care and accommodation.

“While our main aim is to enable elderly people to remain at home and be independent for as long as possible, the time may come when a person needs long term care and support.

“Through the development of the care villages we are providing choices and investing in care for some of our most vulnerable citizens to meet their needs now and in the future.”

He added: “I am delighted to see the excellent progress that has been made and welcome the news that the new care village will be ready to be occupied by the summer of 2015.”

Sandy Riddell, director of health and social care for the local authority, said: “The new care home’s modern facilities and the additional supported housing on the same site will allow Fife Council and NHS staff to expand intermediate care opportunities and develop new models of care.

“The new care home and extra care housing will deliver the physical means to give people a high standard of care and provide options so that we can respond to individual needs.”

Barbara Hughes, from Raith Gates care home, and Helen Jarvis, from Appin House, visited the site and said it was “exciting” to see what stage the new home is at.

The residents, who will be moving into the new care home from their existing homes at Appin House and Raith Gates are currently involved in some research with the intention of proposing a name for the new care home in the new year.