Day Hospice move benefits both patients and their families

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Published Date: 

14 Jul 2014 - 11:31

Oban Day Hospice has transferred from the Lorn and Islands Hospital to Lynnside Day Care Centre. The day hospice operates every Monday and supports up to eight people and their families.

David Entwistle, chair of the Oban Hospice Board, said, "This is an exciting development opportunity, moving the day hospice into a more locally based resource, thereby continuing to support individuals with both long term and terminal health needs and their families, providing both social and emotional support, together with ensuring that any required medical input is provided.

“This development supports the Reshaping Care Agenda, being led by both Argyll and Bute Council and NHS Highland and represents a really positive example of how the local statutory services work well together with a local charity, in supporting people with both health and social care needs.

“Thanks to all the staff and volunteers involved in this process and a special thanks go to the staff of MacQueen Bros of Oban in supporting the recent move in a very practical and helpful manner."

Reshaping Care for Older People is a Scottish Government initiative aimed at improving services for older people by shifting care towards anticipatory care and prevention.

Argyll and Bute Council’s Adult Care service operates the Lynnside Day Care Centre and in the main, people who attend - and their families - are in the care of centre staff.  The council acknowledges that older people are a valuable asset to our communities and preparing for an increasingly ageing population is one of our priorities.

In Scotland, around 90,000 older people receive some kind of care, whether in their own home, a care home or long-term hospital care.