Published: 17/01/2018 08:55 - Updated: 18/01/2018 13:58

Macdonald Drive care home to close

Care homeA RESPITE home in Forres that looks after people with physical disabilities is set to close.

Taigh Farrais will shut following an announcement by the Moray Integration Joint Board (MIJB) that it is under-used.

The board also found that it does not meet with modern fire and safety standards.

Local councillor, Lorna Creswell, was disheartened by the news.

She said: “It’s always disappointing when a facility is deemed not up to today’s standards, especially for those using them.

“I have asked if Taigh Farrais can be incorporated with neighbouring Cameron Court or be considered for a Community Asset Transfer. Everyone who used it has been consulted and alternatives are being considered.”

Some of those being looked after at the facilities will now be transferred to Birchview in Elgin, which is also currently operating at less than half capacity.

A Moray Council spokesperson said: “A range of consultations have been undertaken, and MIJB has assured families that staff are working with those individuals affected and their needs will be met during this period of change. While the MIJB appreciates the change may upset some service users, the board consider that their needs will be better met in a safer environment at other services in Moray.”

Taigh Farrais provides respite services to people wityh physical disabilities.

The MIJB noted when making its decision that it had a responsibility to “ensure best value” when deploying public resources. The board has been in operation since April 2016. Its six committee members – three Moray councillors and three representatives from the NHS – meet every month.

As part of its search to make savings, Moray Council has outlined plans to reduce its contribution to the MIJB budget by nearly £1.77million next year – a 4.5 per cent cut.

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