Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has given the go ahead for the new £5.9m Ardseileach Care Development which will meet the care and support needs of adults with learning disabilities and complex care needs.

The project will replace the accommodation of the existing care home and respite service to provide a modern up-to-date facility. In addition, the building of supported accommodation units will provide different styles of individual and shared living options, with varying levels of support provided depending on individual needs.

In recent years the inflexibility of the design and layout of Ardseileach Care Home has at times required the Comhairle to accommodate and care for clients on the mainland and this new facility will help to reduce those numbers.

Cllr Uisdean Robertson, Chair of Health and Social Care, said: “I warmly welcome this project. There are a significant number of adults with learning disabilities who are living at home, with a carer, in the Western Isles. Scottish Government statistics in 2011 showed this figure to be approximately 60% of the learning disabled population, with a contrasting figure of 18% within Highland region.  A move to a care home, or the need for statutory intervention, can for many be unplanned and happen as a result of a carer no longer being able to provide the support that is required.  

He added: "The Core and Cluster redesign of residential care services will increase the capacity of the Comhairle to meet the demand for local care and, in particular, respite and emergency provision in what is an increasingly challenging financial climate."