Alex Neil MSP, the Cabinet Secretary for Health & Wellbeing, met guests and staff at Leuchie House in East Lothian yesterday and described the respite care facility as “a valued resource to individuals with long-term conditions and their carers”.
Mr Neil added: “Leuchie House provides high quality respite to people suffering from long-term conditions and their carers through their flexible short breaks. It has been an honour to visit today and meet those who have benefited from its services and the amazing staff.”
Mairi O’Keefe, Leuchie’s CEO, showed the minister around the house, which is Scotland’s only facility offering caring respite breaks for people and their carers living with long-term conditions in a non-clinical setting.
The minister, MSP for Airdrie & Shotts, spent time with some of the guests currently enjoying respite breaks at Leuchie House. His visit followed a recent Parliamentary Reception for Leuchie House, sponsored by local East Lothian MSP Iain Gray.
Mairi said: “Having the endorsement of the minister is a great boost to our staff and supporters in our efforts to position Leuchie as a model of excellence in the field of health and social care. It was also a lovely opportunity for some of our guests to chat to the health minister about what respite care means to them.”
Leuchie House is an independent charity providing high quality respite breaks for individuals and their families affected by long-term degenerative conditions with complex care needs.