New care home on the cards at Falkirk’s Summerford

Summerford House could be replaced by a state-of-the-art new care home
Summerford House could be replaced by a state-of-the-art new care home

Old people at two outdated council care homes could be moved to a new state-of-the-art facility.

Falkirk’s Summerford and Oakbank in Grangemouth are likely to be replaced by a multi-million new build 
after both of the homes were deemed to be below modern standards.

The proposed 32-bed home, which will sit on the Summerford site, is expected to care for people with dementia or stroke victims.

Replacing both homes could mean closing Summerford to let the work start then shutting Oakbank when the £3.7 million home is ready.

However, council officials say they will consult with residents, their families and the staff throughout the project which has yet no timetable.

Delivering a report to councillors on Tuesday, Margaret Anderson, director of social work, said: “We realise this is sensitive. Moving people from one site where they have been living and which is their home is challenging, and we have to manage that change.”

Councillors heard there was no scope to re-develop Oakbank, but that there were opportunities at Summerford.

However, just decontaminating the site could cost up to £1 million.

Council bosses stressed the plan was still at an early stage with final costs yet to be agreed.

But, the plan to build a new care home in Falkirk was welcomed.

Labour’s Linda Gow said: “It’s said society is judged by how it looks after its elderly, and I think this is an excellent plan.”

Tom Coleman, SNP, said: “It’s good news the council is providing this facility rather than an external provider which gets to pick and choose its residents. This facility will care for everybody.”

Oakbank currently cares for 13 people while 11 live at Summerford.