Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Little Sisters to Leave Edinburgh

LITTLE SISTERS TO LEAVE EDINBURGH: The Little Sisters of the Poor are to withdraw from Edinburgh after 154 years of caring for the city’s elderly at St Joseph’s House on Gilmore Place. However, the much loved religious order say they are fully committed to finding another care provider for St Joseph’s in order to ensure as little disruption as possible to the 48 residents who live there, their families and staff.

“Due to the lack of vocations and the rising ages of the Sisters we have been obliged to make this difficult decision, which has not been taken lightly and has been the object of much reflection and prayer,” said Sister Kathleen Taylor, Mother Provincial of the Little Sisters of the Poor to the residents, family, staff, associates and volunteers at St Joseph’s, 27 September.

“It could take a year before we find the right care provider and prepare for them to take over the running of the home,” she added, “We want to find an organisation with a similar ethos to ours, who will respect your life here and provide you with the highest quality of care, love and respect that you need.”

Sister Kathleen explained that both social services and the Care Inspectorate will now be informed of the order's intentions so as to enable them to work closely together at every step of the process “so that there is as little disruption as possible in the day to day running of the home and the daily provision of care given”.

The Little Sisters were founded in 1839 by Saint Jeanne Jugan, a Breton woman who established the order to care for the elderly, having felt the need to care for the many impoverished elderly who lined the streets of French towns and cities.

The convent at Gilmore Place in Edinburgh is one of three homes the Sisters have in Scotland, the others being in Glasgow and Greenock. They are both unaffected by today’s announcement.

In the event that a new care provider cannot be found, the Little Sisters say they will fully support the residents and families in sourcing placements in existing care homes run by the Little Sisters or in the local area. Their firm hope, however, is that this will not be necessary.