New bungalows could replace Inverness care home

Posted on 09 March 2011

A former care home in Inverness could be replaced with a dozen new council-owned bungalows for older people, after the move was selected as the preferred option out of five possibilities.

Burnside care home, which has now been demolished, was originally going to be replaced with another home, but council chiefs have recommended creating housing for the elderly instead, the Inverness Courier reports.

"Highland Senior Citizens have been assured the asset from Burnside will be reinvested in some form or other in services for care of the elderly," Dr Ian Macnamara, chairman of the Highland Senior Citizens Network, told the newspaper.

Council director of social work Bill Alexander added that the authority could provide dedicated home care support for residents of the proposed bungalows, but tenants would not be required to have care needs in order to live in them.

Recently, the Stirling Observer reported that people in the town's Riverside area are calling for more social housing for older people.

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