Highland Council Notes Home Farm Outcomes - 10 Deaths
20th May 2020
The Highland Council has noted the outcomes at Inverness Sherriff Court this morning regarding Home Farm Care Home on the Isle of Skye.
The Sheriff made no decision on the Care Inspectorate's application to suspend registration but has adjourned the matter until 10 June 2020 on the basis that the collaborative approach being taken will continue to be monitored.
Local Skye Administration Councillors for Ward: 10 Eilean a' Cheò Cllrs John Finlayson, John Gordon and Calum Munro said: "What is most important here is that it has been confirmed that residents are getting a high quality of care at present and this will continue to be monitored. It is also important for residents, families and the wider community to know that care will continue to be provided here on Skye. This is a difficult time for everyone but today's decision means that HC-One supported by NHSH will be able to offer continuity of care for all residents which will be evaluated on an ongoing basis and staff will also be supported to deliver this care."
Leader of The Highland Council, Cllr Margaret Davidson said: "I am pleased with this outcome that has enabled the continuation of care - for the immediate future - at Home Farm Care Home. It recognises the hard work that has taken place but also recognises the need for further work to enable safe care of the home's residents."
Rhoda Grant MSP: "It's a bit sad HC-One had to be taken to court before it would get its act together".
Commenting on today's decision by Inverness Sheriff Court to allow private care home provider HC-One to continue operating a coronavirus-hit care facility on Skye for another three weeks, Highlands & Islands MSP Rhoda Grant said: "Whatever happens to ownership, the residents need to have their home protected and should not be moved. However, this should not be at the detriment of their care which must be up to standard. I understand that the court heard that there had been improvement but it is a bit sad that it took this to happen to get HC-One to get their act together."
It comes after The Care Inspectorate applied to the court to cancel the registration of Home Farm Care Come in Portree over “serious and significant concerns”.
Ten residents have died after contracting coronavirus at the facility.
This morning, at a virtual hearing at Inverness Sheriff Court, HC-One and Social Work Scotland said there had been “substantial” improvements.
And their request for the motion to be continued for another three weeks was approved.
The Highland Council can now confirm which of the Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC) across the region will re-open from Monday 1st June 2020. A phased approach to re-opening the sites will be adopted with strict controls in place to help manage social distancing and to ensure the anticipated high number of visitors and volume of waste can be handled safely and efficiently.
The Highland Council's Housing Service currently operates an annual garden aid scheme, cutting grass in approximately 1,300 council house gardens. The Garden Aid service is for older or disabled tenants who don't have anyone to help them cut their grass.
Following an ambitious bid by Highland Council supported by NHS Highland, to deliver rapid active travel interventions in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, The Highland Council has been awarded £752,954 from the Scottish Government's Spaces for People fund, which is administered by Sustrans. Over the coming weeks towns across Highland and the City of Inverness will see a roll-out of temporary walking, wheeling and cycling infrastructure along priority routes.
Public assurance is being provided by Highland Council that the organisation is fully transparent and accountable during the COVID-19 emergency response as it publishes decisions made by its group of senior officers - or Gold Group* - under emergency procedures. The list of decisions made since 19 March 2020 is on the Council's website at the following link and will continue to the added to and updated as further decisions are made using emergency procedures.
The COVID-19 small business and self-catering grant scheme, set up to help companies stay in business during the coronavirus crisis, has now paid out £56,286,250 million to 5135 Highland businesses. The Highland Council's Head of Development and Regeneration, Allan Maguire, said: "We now are processing applications and approving payment within days of a business submitting a complete online application form and its accompanying evidence.
The Highland Council is pleased to announce that preparations are well underway for re-opening many of the Household Waste Recycling Centres across the region to the public from Monday 1 June 2020. The sites in Highland, along with all other Scottish Local Authorities, have been closed since the end of March due to the government's Covid-19 restrictions on non-essential travel.
Highland Council's Recovery Board Chair, Cllr Alasdair Christie has welcomed the publication of the Scottish Government's road map phasing the way out of lockdown, which was published earlier today. The First Minister revealed that Phase 1 of the Government's new four phase plan, could come into effect on 28 May, however the advice remains stay home, protect the NHS and save lives for now.
The Highland Council would like to remind Garden Waste Collection Service permit holders that the service resumed last Monday (11th May 2020) after being suspended due to the impact of COVID-19 on staff resources. Carron McDiarmid, Executive Chief Officer for Communities and Place said: "Feedback from our crews from the first week of collections is that the quality of the material collected from the brown bins was excellent with very little contamination which is really positive and I would like to thank the public for making a concerted effort to ensure that only the correct material was put into their bins.
The COVID-19 small business and self-catering grant scheme, set up to help companies stay in business during the coronavirus crisis, has now paid out £48.9m million to 4359 Highland businesses. This now includes payments to owners of multiple premises following the expansion of the scheme on 5th May 2020.
A Highland Council Recovery Board has been established to lead and plan the Council's emergence from lockdown and provide strategic coordination for a Recovery Action Plan for Council services. The Board will also provide oversight and direction for the Council's partnership with communities and partners to support the Highland Region’s return to wellbeing, prosperity and economic success.
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