Local MSP and Shadow Social Care Minister Craig Hoy has visited Leuchie House, an independent charity providing respite breaks for people and their families affected by long-term physical conditions.
Mr Hoy visited the North Berwick based charity, which provides respite for those suffering diseases including Multiple Sclerosis, Huntington's Disease, Parkinson's, Motor Neurone Disease and the effects of stroke and spinal injuries.
Leuchie House delivers expert care to help guests and their families and carers manage their condition, while having a proper holiday in East Lothian.
The South of Scotland MSP met with the Mark Bevan, the Chief Executive of Leuchie House, and spoke with staff, volunteers and guests during his visit.
Leuchie House is presently undergoing extensive renovations to extend its guest capacity and is also pioneering the use of new and enabling technology to assist with respite and social care needs.
Commenting, the South of Scotland MSP Craig Hoy said: “It was excellent to find out how the staff at Leuchie House adapted during the Covid crisis and to see first hand how it remobilised following the peak of the pandemic.
“Leuchie House provides expert respite care for guests from across the country and I look forward to seeing its new facilities opening next month. I also warmly welcome its plans for further expansion as a centre for excellence for the research and use of new technologies to enhance the quality of life for those suffering from long-term physical conditions.”
Mr Hoy and Mr Bevan also discussed the proposed plan for a National Care Service and the impact this could have on respite care and the future recruitment and retention of staff in the social care sector in East Lothian.