THE campaign to save Stonehaven’s Invercarron Resource Centre carries on with a councillor urging Stonehaven and District Community Council to press ahead with garnering support through their petition.
At last night’s meeting, members heard over 1200 locals had signed the petition in person or online – and it is lodged with both the Council and with the Provost, whom they have asked to find a means to have the closure discussed.
Cllr Wendy Agnew said the community council should keep up their efforts with the petition. She said Kincardine Community Hospital was saved from closure some years ago after some 7,000 locals signed their names in opposition.
Alzheimers Scotland – were they asked to go?
The decision to close the Invercarron Resource Centre was taken by officers (employees) of Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership, AHSCP.
But Mrs Agnew has cast doubt on one of the justifications used by AHSCP.
In the report to be presented to Aberdeenshire Council’s Communities Committee on Friday they state: ”HSCP no longer requires the use of the building for services, due to staff relocation and
changing demand for older people’s day-care. Alzheimer Scotland has also withdrawn from providing the dementia day service. HSCP has continued and will continue to provide a service to service users on an individualised basis via our Care Management teams. An alternative service is being sought for the
service previously provided by Alzheimer Scotland.”
Speaking at last night’s meeting, Mrs Agnew said: ”Alzheimer Scotland told me it was the Health and Social Care Partnership that told them to stop using the Invercarron.”
A spokesperson for Alzheirmer Scotland told The Bellman: ”Alzheimer Scotland is no longer commissioned by Aberdeenshire Health & Social Care partnership to deliver a day care service.”
She added: ”The day care service in Stonehaven was a small, modest one day service commissioned by Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership to support up to 12 people. All adult building based day care services in Scotland were closed in March 2020, then once able to re-open, day care services in shared premises were not able to re-open due to the higher risks involved with sharing premises, such as public access.
”Throughout that time colleagues from the South Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership and Alzheimer Scotland discussed this dilemma, and explored solutions to that. Alzheimer Scotland colleagues continued to support individuals and families in the Stonehaven area and across Aberdeenshire throughout the pandemic, and continue to do so.
”Our local team work hard to ensure people are kept as well informed as possible, as well as offering support in alternative ways during the pandemic and will continue to support people as we navigate out of the pandemic.”
Alzheimer Scotland has provided The Bellman with the programme of activities they still provide – this will be published separately.