MSP visits care home

ANGUS South MSP Graeme Dey has met with care home providers HC-One, who recently took over as landlords of Cairnie Lodge and Lunan Court care homes in Arbroath, following previous owner Southern Cross’s liquidation in July.

On a visit to Lunan Court, Mr Dey met with management to seek assurances over the provision of care at both homes and to discuss their plans for the future of the two Angus sites.

Commenting afterwards, Mr Dey said: “I had a very useful meeting with Michael MacIntosh, the managing director from HC-One covering both Arbroath homes, along with the manager of Lunan Court itself, Lynsey Robbie, and Jackie McDonald, manager of Quality Assurance, which have been carrying out detailed inspections of the homes passed over to the company following Southern Cross’s demise.

“We touched on many issues relevant to Cairnie Lodge and Lunan Court.

“I was pleased to hear of plans which are about to be implemented to refresh the fabric of the upper floor of Lunan Court and encouraged to learn that similar work is in the pipeline for Cairnie Lodge.”

Mr Dey went on: “More importantly, I was delighted to learn of the importance that HC-One tell me they place on creating a happy, caring environment for residents and involving both the residents and their relatives in shaping the future direction of both homes.

“The demise of Southern Cross created uncertainty and upset for the residents, their relatives and the staff at Cairnie Lodge and Lunan Court alike.

“The takeover by HC-One will, I hope, create a sense of stability along with an upturn in morale.”