Families, staff, and the wider public in Ayr will meet with members of the review group looking into local authority provision of residential care for older people later this week.
The drop-in sessions at South Lodge Care Home are designed to provide a forum to exchange views on the options currently being considered.
The South Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership – which brings together a wide range of health and social work services – is currently exploring a range of options for both South Lodge in Ayr, and Hillcrest in Girvan.
The review was ordered to help the Partnership fully understand the available care home and wider care package provision in South Ayrshire. The review group is now holding a series of engagement sessions with families, staff and the wider public to talk through a range of potential options.
Drop-in sessions held at Hillcrest on Thursday 27 October were well attended, with more than 50 people coming along to give their feedback on the potential options being considered.
The options being looked at include: Maintaining services at South Lodge and/or Hillcrest; Upgrading facilities at South Lodge and/or Hillcrest; The availability and potential for alternative care provision, alongside a carefully managed closure of South Lodge and/or Hillcrest
The next stage sees drop-in engagement session’s being held at South Lodge Care Home in Ayr on Wednesday 2 November between 2.30pm-4.30pm and 6.30pm-7.30pm.
Councillor Rita Miller, Chair of the Partnership Integration Joint Board said: “The engagement sessions provide the opportunity to discuss ways in which people live now and how they will be supported in future at both South Lodge and Hillcrest.
“I would stress that no decision has been made at this point, with a report due to go before the Integrated Joint Board early in the new year.
“Feedback from people attending the Hillcrest event was constructive.”