Overnight care is cut at Girvan housing

Concerns have been raised this week after the ‘sleepover’ service at Girvan’s Trust Housing unit was withdrawn by South Ayrshire Council.

The vital service means that someone is always on call at the Old Street building in case of emergencies, but that is now set to be withdrawn at the beginning of next month.

A meeting was held at the building last week which was attended by Councillors Alec Clark and Alec Oattes, as well as the council’s head of community care and housing, Kenny Leinster, as well as those involved in Trust Housing.

Those fighting to keep the service, which covers 33 tenants at Old Street have pointed out that the service only costs the council £14,000 each year,which broken down meant less than £300 per week and less than £10 per week for each resident.

And they are also worried there could be long delays before there is a response to an alert at the building after the withdrawal of the service.

The council had planned to remove the service last year, but after discussions agreed to an extension of the round the clock availability for another year.

Girvan and South Carrick Councillor Alec Clark shares the residents concerns.

“I very much share the concerns of the residents and families with the extractions of this service,” he said.

“I understand that the council have to make budget efficiencies but I always hope that they can be done in the right and constructive way.

“I sometimes feel that services are being taken away from the elderly and vulnerable to which they have become accustomed to.

“A lot of people chose to go to the Trust Housing because that service was there and I have made my concerns known within South Ayrshire Council about this.

“As far as I’m aware most of the other housing services in Girvan are full, so we have to be aware of the problems the withdrawal of this service could cause.”

However, David Burns, South Ayrshire Council’s Strategic Service Planning Manager, said: “We appreciate the concerns expressed by residents and families. Prior to making this decision, we carried out a review of each individual’s care needs.

“The assessments and reviews take account of the individuals’ abilities and incorporates the views of family and carers as well as medical and nursing professionals. Thereafter a package of care is developed to meet their specific needs.

“There is no tenant at the Trust Housing Association complex in Girvan who has an assessed need for an overnight sleepover service.

“However, Trust provide a 24-hour a day call alert system which offers an immediate response should any tenant have need of attention or care at any time.”