Islanders Can Share Opinions On Future Of Park House
Islanders can share their opinions on the future of Park House, the Council-run residential home, in sessions tomorrow and Thursday.
Last month the Community Services Committee meeting heard how Park House has become financially unviable and unsuited for its role as a care home.
That’s prompted Cllr Fran Grottick, the Acting Chairman of Community Services, to call an informal ‘surgery’ to discuss the commissioning of a full-options analysis into how the elder care service is provided in years to come.
Suggestions for the future could include a joint NHS hospital nursing unit to care for patients with dementia and more community care, so people can stay in their own homes for as long as possible.
The closure of Park House remains an option but some councillors and locals don’t feel that should be considered at all.
Fran tells ScillyToday that every option should be assessed so that the Council can make an informed decision when they reject any of the options.
“We need evidence to rule things out,” she says.
Fran also hopes that Scilly will be a ‘special case’ to secure funding for elder care services, because, “we don’t have the economy of scale here.”
Fran says she could have asked for the Town Hall for the meetings but she feels that the Pavilion, next to the Parish Church, will be more relaxed and attendees can come and go as they please.
And she hopes that the Council officers responsible for this area, Aisling Hick and Gareth Peters, will attend “if they have the time and the inclination.”
There are two sessions – on Wednesday evening and Thursday lunchtime.
Fran says St Martin’s member Colin Daly suggested the daytime event because it coincides with the weekly off-island shopping trips.
Cllr Daly says he has received significant representation from off-islanders regarding the future of care in Scilly.
If you call in you will be able to ask questions about any of the Community Services functions including the sports hall and library.
Although Fran is vice-chairman of the committee she has called the feedback sessions independently as the Chairman Richard McCarthy is standing back from committee matters for a while.
The meetings will be held at the Church Pavilion as follows: Weds 2nd March 6pm to 7.30pm and Thurs 3rd March 11.30am to 1pm.