Let’s get on with care village

NEW HOME: Council leader Alex Rowley and Councillor Linda Erskine, joined Debbie Thomson, secretary of the Joint Trade Unions, Alana Jones, unit manager Raith Gates Care Home and one of the elderly residents, in October last year to reveal plans for a new care home, and this week the business case was approved by the Council.
NEW HOME: Council leader Alex Rowley and Councillor Linda Erskine, joined Debbie Thomson, secretary of the Joint Trade Unions, Alana Jones, unit manager Raith Gates Care Home and one of the elderly residents, in October last year to reveal plans for a new care home, and this week the business case was approved by the Council.
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COUNCILLORS have approved a business case for a ‘care village’ on a site at Ostler’s Way in Kirkcaldy.

The plans will include a 60-bed care home - replacing two existing Council-run care homes in the town, Appin House and Raith Gates - and 20 extra care homes, as well as a meals on wheels facility, day care unit with 10 places and drop-in facility for older people in the local community.

The Council will invest £7.5m to create the state-of-the-art Kirkcaldy care village, and it hopes it can be built and ready for use by September 2014.

Council leader Alex Rowley said: “This is an innovative and exciting project to create a care village in Kirkcaldy.

“We wanted to come up with a way forward to replace care homes in Fife, and what we’ve got here is the start of that.

‘‘We’re replacing two care homes with a care village, creating something for the generations to come.”

Funding

Funding for the project is in place, with councillors having earmarked £22m in the capital budget to finance the replacing of all the Council’s care homes.

And at a previous executive committee meeting, councillors approved the transfer of the land at Ostler’s Way to enable the care village model to be progressed.

This week, members were told replacing two homes with one would produce savings in running costs.

Despite this, however, and while the business case was approved, concerns were expressed that there were more cost effective ways of delivering care.

Councillor Tim Brett, Liberal Democrat group leader, said: “It will still be costing us more than £1m in Kirkcaldy above what it would have done in a private home.”