MSP visits care home

ANGUS South MSP Graeme Dey has visited Cairnie Lodge Care Home in Arbroath, one of two properties in the town which is owned by care operator Southern Cross, which recently announced it was going into administration.

During his visit on Tuesday, Mr Dey received firm assurances as to the future of both Cairnie Lodge and Lunan Court in Arbroath, which between them host 120 residents and employ around 130 staff.

Mr Dey said: “I received confirmation that both of the homes will, on October 31, transfer over to their landlords NHP who will utilise the services of Court Cavendish – a major UK care provider - to run them.

“After months of uncertainty I am sure it will come as a relief to the residents and their families - not to mention the staff, whose terms and conditions of employment will remain as is following the switch – that the future of Lunan Court and Cairnie Lodge is secured.

“Once the transfer process is complete however I would hope to set up a meeting with the new care provider to discuss how they intend to maintain the very highest standards of care for residents.”

Cairnie Lodge was at the centre of weekend drama after being struck by flash flooding.

Mr Dey inspected the damage caused by the water and heard from senior management of their appreciation of the efforts of Tayside Fire and Rescue and home staff in minimising the impact on residents and the property.