Relatives still in dark over future of Craw Wood home

The Craw Wood Nursing Home in Tweedbank.
The Craw Wood Nursing Home in Tweedbank.

Worried relatives of residents of Craw Wood care home at Tweedbank are still in the dark this week over the future of the specialist dementia facility.

Eildon Housing announced in October it had sold Craw Wood as a going concern to Mansfield Care, which operates homes in Galashiels, Melrose and Peebles.Until the sale was confirmed, Eildon had been considering plans to shut the unit due to lack of funding and increased costs.

However, relatives’ relief that the home seemed saved from closure appears short-lived, with claims this week its future is still in doubt.

One relative told us: “I was very troubled when Eildon Housing first told us they were shutting the specialist purpose-built dementia care facility.

“Then Mansfield Care stepped in and, at a meeting with relatives in the summer, promised wonderful things and it seemed all our worries were over.”

But he now says he has been officially informed Craw Wood will have to shut due to the deal between Eildon and Mansfield running into problems.

“So, once again, we must try to find somewhere for our loved ones. Craw Wood will now shut and I am back in emotional turmoil,” he said. “I have no idea how my mother, who has Alzheimer’s, will cope with a move at this stage.”

Mansfield Care was unable to comment as director Andrew Hume is on holiday and Eildon Housing said it will not comment before meetings with relatives and staff.

Scottish Borders Council is working with Eildon Housing and families over the coming weeks towards helping find a solution regarding the future of Craw Wood. “Alternative placements will be found for all residents if required,” said an SBC spokesperson.