Gazette editorial- Deserved success for Girvan’s Hillcrest

Care of our elderly is always one of the biggest issues facing society and towns such as Girvan are no different to the rest of the country.

That’s why it is fantastic to be able to report on the success enjoyed by the Hillcrest care home in Girvan this week.

It is wonderful that not only have they received top marks on recent inspections from the Care Inspectorate, but that this has been featured in the inspectorate’s in-house magazine “Care News”.

This is testament to the work that is done by the staff there but even more so in some regards by the extremely dedicated Friends of Hillcrest Committee.

Led by their chairman Denis Reid, the committee ensure that the residents are able to get out and about on a regular basis to make them feel a real part of the community.

They also do a power of work in terms of fundraising, holding a Burns Supper each year along with events such as race nights and bingo nights which are greatly enjoyed for the residents.

And it was down to the spirit of the committee and residents that the care home was saved from closure last year and it continues to go from strength to strength ensuring great dignity for all in old age.

When you factor in the improvements that the management team have made at the Ainslie Manor nursing home on the outskirts of Girvan in recent months as well as the care the team at Trust Housing in Old Street provide on a daily basis then Girvan is extremely fortunate in its care homes.

The Gazette is confident that reports like this for Hillcrest and other care homes in the town will become a regular occurrence.