Social care officials in Moray have been urged to halt proposals to withdraw night time carers in favour of office-based responders.
Cornerstone currently manages three Elgin-based houses that provide overnight care for 11 people with learning disabilities.
Proposals have been approved by Health and Social Care Moray for a 12-week trial to replace staff based at the homes with overnight responders to an automated alarm call centre to free up staff for duties during the day.
However, safety fears have been raised about the move by the families of the residents affected.
Yesterday talks were held between Health and Social Care Moray and the local Enable Scotland group to come up with a solution.
Moray MP Douglas Ross has encouraged social care officials to abandon the plans due to family concerns.
He said: “It was clear from the numbers who attended the meeting and the strength of feeling from all those present that these proposals have zero support amongst families and those who would be affected by them.”
A spokeswoman for Health and Social Care Moray explained talks about changes to overnight care began early last year with the concerns of family reported to board members who approved the 12-week trial.
She added: “We have invited the Elgin and District branch of Enable and the families to work with us and to help us to design a pilot that will offer us an opportunity to learn.
“There will now be further discussion among the senior management of Health & Social Care Moray to consider the next steps.”