Montrose House will provide nursing care to keep Arran residents

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Health officials met for the first time with residents, families and staff at Cooriedoon to explain what will happen next.

It also emerged that the North Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership has asked to convert Montrose House into a 24/7 nursing home which it says will allow it to accommodate 10 new patients.

A spokesperson for the partnership told the banner as we went to press: ‘The partnership have made arrangements for staff to be present at Cooriedoon Care Home and our local social work offices in Arran to speak with residents , families and staff.

“This is done in consultation and in agreement with the families concerned and will allow us to discuss the current situation, meet the families and representatives of the relatives and speak to the staff of the home.

“In line with Covid safety measures, and also reflecting that these discussions should be individual and person-centred, discussions will be by appointment and the partnership has contacted families to advise them how to make appointments. .

“It is then expected that the partnership will have a continued presence and availability on Arran every Tuesday and Thursday for as long as needed throughout the transition period.

“We are currently in the process of determining the most suitable location or locations for this. If families, residents or staff request additional support outside of this, we will of course be happy to accommodate.

“The transition of residents from Cooriedoon Care Home to another location of care will be informed and determined by the preference of individual residents and their representatives.

“Our social workers have now been in contact with all affected families to have initial discussions and families and residents will consider their options.

“For some this may be a preference to move to an alternative care home on the mainland.

“Furthermore, in response to the immediate need to support transitioning Cooriedoon residents, the partnership will increase the capacity of Montrose House to accommodate residents where their preference is to stay on Arran.

“There is currently capacity at the Montrose House facility to increase supply by 10 beds.

“The partnership has also submitted an urgent amendment to the Care Inspectorate to amend the registration of Montrose House to include the provision of nursing care at the care home, with a 24/7 nursing care model. 7 provided.

“This will ensure that residents currently requiring nursing care will be able to stay on Arran.

“The priority of the partnership at this time is the safety and well-being of residents and we are committed to working with residents, their families and Cooriedoon Care Home to ensure that the transition can be managed as smoothly as possible in order to achieve the best possible outcome for each resident. .’

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