Care home moratorium lifted

Kintyre Care Home.

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It is great news that Campbeltown’s Kintyre Care Home is once again able to accept admissions.

We are told improvements have been made despite three areas still being deemed ‘weak’ and due to be reassessed at the end of this month.

Elderly care dominates the health agenda. Most people tend not to think about its precarious finances and staffing till they have a family member needing round-the-clock attention.

The Courier has been told that one of the biggest issues for care homes in Argyll and Bute is staffing and the availability of bank staff.

It is well known that pay is low in the care sector and the hours can be antisocial.

When there are no Kintyre staff available they have to come from Glasgow.

Many staff apparently are reluctant to travel at least 270 miles for perhaps a couple of shifts.

This was a problem at Auchinlee and staff accommodated in hotels increased the costs.

Proper government funding is needed and perhaps if Brexit ever frees up cash this is one way some could be spent.