First residents move into new Kirkcaldy care village

Barbara Hughes and Helen Jarvis (front) are two of the first residents to move into the new care village. Pictured with representatives from Robertson's Construction and Fife Council.
Barbara Hughes and Helen Jarvis (front) are two of the first residents to move into the new care village. Pictured with representatives from Robertson's Construction and Fife Council.

The first residents of the new council care home in Ostler’s Way, Kirkcaldy are set to move in next week following the successful completion of the building.

The development was confirmed at Fife Council’s executive committee meeting when it was reported the residents, from Appin House and Raith Gates care homes, were due to transfer into the new £5.35m Ostler’s House facility on Monday, November 23 and Tuesday, November 24.

Construction of the Ostler’s Way care village, which features a new 60-bed council care home, 21 extra care housing units and five specific needs properties, began in June last year.

Louise Bell, service manager, health and social care, Fife Council, said: “There has been great enthusiasm from Appin House and Raith Gate residents and their families about the new care home.”

Councillor Neil Crooks said: “This was a great concept and it is great to see the building finally being occupied. The staff in Appin House and Raith Gates are doing a fantastic job of caring for the elderly in facilities that were not fit for purpose and have not been for a number of years.”

He added that while there had been some teething problems with the scheme, lessons had been learned.

Officers working on the Ostler’s Way care village added that the transition from very sheltered housing to extra care housing is ongoing and would be completed in late 2016.