Berwickshire MSP John Lamont has raised concern over the standard of care in some Borders facilities after it was revealed that four had been given orders to improve.
The improvement notices were handed out by the Care Inspectorate and means that the care service in question has fallen below expected standards.
It means that the Borders had the joint third highest number of orders issued out of all the health regions in Scotland.
With the elderly population of Scotland expected to grow in the near future, Mr Lamont said it was important that care was brought up to standard.
He commented: “We must always strive to maintain the highest possible standards of care for our elderly in the Borders, and it is disappointing to see that in some instances this is clearly not happening.
“To have four care services deemed to be below standard in the last year is undoubtedly concerning, and something needs to be done to arrest this slide.
“To be issued with an improvement notice is a clear indication that a service is not up to scratch.
“While I hope that each of these services improves upon receiving these warnings, they should not have allowed standards to slip so much in the first place.
“With statistics predicting a huge increase in the percentage of our elderly population it is even more important than before that we have the infrastructure ready to deal with it.” “
“We all put a significant amount of trust in care services to look after our parents, our grandparents, our husbands and our wives and it is vital that this trust is maintained.”