The meeting of the Integration Joint Board on this Friday 26th February will be considering the Review of Residential Care provided by the Chief Officer.
The purpose of the review was to ensure best value in respect of residential care home provision at Beechgrove and Parkdale care homes.
Four options were initially put forward
- Option 1 – Status Quo.
- Option 2 – Closure of Beechgrove and Parkdale Residential Care Homes with 50 replacement beds commissioned externally from the independent sector.
- Option 3 – Closure of Parkdale and retention of Beechgrove as Residential facility with 30 replacement beds commissioned externally from the independent sector.
- Option 4 – Closure of Beechgrove and retention of Parkdale as Residential and Intermediate Care facility. This option would keep Parkdale open and use part of its facility as an Intermediate care unit.
A local campaign involving residents, staff and family members showed huge support both locally and from further afield for the retention of Parkdale as a facility in Auchterarder. It seems that this campaign may have borne fruit.
According to Review of Residential Care, “Option 4 scored highest based on the combined quality and financial appraisal and this is now being recommended to the IJB for approval.” Approval of this option would mean retaining Parkdale as an operational care home in Auchterarder.
No final decision will be taken until the meeting of the Integration Joint Board on Friday but this information must give those involved with Parkdale some hope for the future.