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Since announcing last year that it would be closing 12 of its care homes, Bield has this month agreed a deal which sees residents and staff transfer in three of its homes. Following discussions, two of its homes in Edinburgh and one in the Borders are transferring to Mansfield Care.…
Health and social care services in the Scottish Borders are delivering some positive outcomes for some older people in the area, but there are also some key weaknesses in the delivery of some important services. That is the view of inspectors following a joint inspection of services for older people…
An amnesty on care equipment has been launched in the Scottish Borders with people being urged to hand in items they no longer need. The Scottish Borders Health and Social Care Partnership, working with council-owned social care provider SB Cares, hopes to recycle and re-issue the items. Walking and bathing…
A man who threatened to put intimate footage of a former partner online has become the first person to be convicted in Scotland under new tougher legislation. Kenneth Robinson, 59, was banned from approaching or contacting his victim for three years after pleading guilty to sending her numerous emails and…
A former soldier has been jailed for a minimum of 17 years for the murder of a man he believed had abused a woman he knew. Richard Cassidy, 70, was found guilty at the High Court in Glasgow in June of the murder of David Farish, 75, at his home…
Young carers are to be asked their views on Scotland's new welfare system. Social Security Minister Jeane Freeman (pictured) will hear directly from young people at a series of events for carers. She will visit the Borders Carer Centre in Galashiels, which is part of Carers Trust Scotland, the country's…
A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of his wife at a sheltered housing complex. Eileen Thomson, 70, was taken to hospital after police were called to an address in Priorwood Court, Melrose, at 4.45pm on April 9 after a report of concern for a woman. She…
Nicola Sturgeon has acknowledged flexibility issues remain with her flagship free childcare policy after campaigners warned provision in most parts of Scotland is unsuitable for working parents. The First Minister said she is working with councils to improve flexibility, claiming her commitment to expand free childcare even further to 30…
A care home for older people in Hawick has been told it must make urgent improvements in the care provided to vulnerable residents. The Care Inspectorate has served a formal Improvement Notice on St Andrew’s Care Home in Hawick following an inspection which raised serious concerns. The notice lists eight…
Adult social care sevices in the Scottish Borders have been transferred to an arm's length organisation in a bid to help save £5.6m over five years. The move will see around 800 staff moving to SB Cares who will now deliver homecare, residential care homes, extra care housing and day…
A care service for vulnerable people in the Borders has been heavily criticised by the Care Inspectorate. Inspectors said that failings at the Duns-based Community Integrated Care (CIC) could be "life threatening". The latest inspection found clients missed out on vital visits as a result of staffing problems and in…
Social work budgets in the Borders are under increased pressure due to the number of children needing residential care or accommodation in secure units. Councillors have agreed to set aside £450,000 from reserves to tackle the issue in the coming financial year. It comes from a variety of uncommitted or…