Bield withdrawing services from their West Port Resource Centre in Linlithgow

Respite and day care services are being withdrawn
Respite and day care services are being withdrawn

Vulnerable and elderly people, along with their carers, will be hit with the closure of a popular service.

Bield Housing will no longer provide day care and respite services from their West Port Resource Centre in Linlithgow.

Increasing costs are one of the reasons the services, which have been available for more than 15 years, are being withdrawn.

A Bield spokesman said: “The closure of the day care and respite services is very much a last resort decision and a matter of much regret to Bield.

“A reduction in demand, and in turn income, has meant that it is no longer financially viable to continue to provide the services.”

The respite and day care services, which allowed carers a break for a day or up to two weeks while their patients received care tailored to their needs, will not operate beyond June 30.

Care managers from West Lothian Council have arranged to meet with the 58 users of the service to discuss other options available.

A council spokesman said: “We have already contacted all service users to discuss alternative options and to make alternative arrangements for their support, where necessary. We know that service users affected have found this to be reassuring.”

The care home and sheltered housing services provided at West Port are not affected.

Bield is a not for profit organisation and Scottish charity, as well as being a Registered Social Landlord. It is one of the largest providers of housing and care in Scotland with just over 5300 properties and a number of care services.