Shake-up of care for elderly in Midlothian

Residential care planned for older people in Midlothian would leave the council with “unsustainable financial pressures”, councillors have decided.

A recent report to full council revealed the local authority’s current models of care are not sustainable.

Director of communities and wellbeing Colin Anderson explained that the council currently funds 140 residential care places for older people. This is expected to rise to 200 places in ten years time – costing an extra £1.14 million each year.

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