Council committee recommends care home closure

Argyll and Bute councillors will be asked to approve closure of one of the authority’s care homes due to what it says is an “over supply” of spaces.

The council’s special committee on adult services wants to shut Struan Lodge care home in Dunoon as part of moves towards a “re-design” of care provision.

The recommendation will be considered by the full council next month.

The committee is also recommend that the council conducts a ‘market test’ to find out the level of interest from the private and independent care sectors in developing nursing care places and additional care housing in the area.

Anne Horn, the lead councillor for adult services, said: “The committee has looked at care provision very carefully.

“There is an over-supply of care homes spaces in Cowal and 44 vacancies at the moment, which is an increasing trend.

“We have also taken into account the suitability and condition of buildings to meet future needs. Although no decision has been made yet, this is why the recommendation for Struan Lodge is being put forward to the full council for consideration.

“The council has to make the best use of resources available while ensuring the services provided improve the quality of people’s lives wherever they live in Argyll and Bute.”

In addition to Struan Lodge, the council currently owns and operates six care homes across Argyll and Bute - Thomson Court in Rothesay, Ardfenaig in Ardrishaig, Dunaros on Mull, Eadar Glinn in Oban, Gortanvogie in Bowmore on Islay and Tigh-a-Rudha on Tiree.