Local MP and Westminster SNP Health spokesperson, Dr Philippa Whitford, was the guest of honour last week as a home care provider opened its new premises in Ayrshire, creating new jobs in the area.
The MP for Central Ayrshire attended the official launch and ribbon cutting ceremony of the new base for Cairllum Care at Highfield Business Centre in St Quivox.
The care provider’s move from Glenmuir Place has provided it with a bigger footprint – including the opportunity to introduce new training facilities – and to employ more staff, while opening up fresh opportunities to grow the team of fully qualified and vetted carers.
Service users attended the launch alongside care manager Lisa Chapman and managing director Mike Collier who showed Dr Whitford around the new premises.
Cairllum Care – part of the Plus Homecare group – has over 100 clients in the area providing a ‘care at home’ support service to adults with physical or learning difficulties and older people living in their own homes or community.
Last month, it received a positive report from the Care Inspectorate which concluded that service users “really appreciated the reliable and good quality support they received” delivered by “caring, considerate and professional” staff.
It noted that “they could not manage without the support which they rated as first class”.
Mike Collier, managing director, said: “This is an exciting time for everyone involved in Cairllum Care especially our care manager Lisa and her team who have been instrumental in its success. Our new premises will allow us to further enhance the service we provide and will also create a better training facility for existing staff and new recruits.
“The challenges facing Scotland’s ageing population continue to deepen and it’s important for us to be leading the way when it comes to person-centred care. Dr Whitford’s attendance on the day was a great boost and it was a pleasure to show her round the new facility.”
Dr Whitford said: “I was delighted to formally open the new Ayrshire premises for Cairllum Care and I thank Mike, Lisa and the team for their kind invitation. It was great to see round the facility and hear about the work they do and their ambitions for the future.
“We know most people want to stay in their own home and remain independent for as long as they can and I am proud the Scottish Government help make this possible through providing free personal care.
“With more people living longer we need to significantly expand the provision of good quality care, and attract staff to stay in the profession, so I particularly welcome the training aspects of this development.”
Caption: Dr Philippa Whitford pictured centre with MD Mike Collier and Cairllum Care staff.