Anglesey Council executive to discuss care home consultation plan

Published date: 13 May 2014 |
Published by: Geraint Jones 
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ANGLESEY Council looks set to launch a consultation on the future of an Anglesey care home.

Executive members will be asked to approve a formal consultation on the sale of Garreglwyd residential home, in Holyhead, at a meeting on May 19.

Cllr Kenneth Hughes, social services portfolio holder, said: “By transforming older adult social care, our aim is to ensure that services are suitable for future generations.

“People have made it clear in past consultations that they want independence and so we must develop community based services which are robust enough to allow them to live at home for as long as possible.

He added, “This will allow us to gradually move away from a dependence on residential care and establish alternative modern services. The proposed sale of Garreglwyd would represent a significant first step in realising this goal.”

Anglesey has the second highest older people’s population in Wales and a 68 per cent increase in those living past 85 is expected over the next decade.

An increase in the number of people with long-term conditions, like dementia, is also predicted.

The council aims to transform its elderly care provision by helping people live in their own and commission more services, rather than delivering them itself.

If approved, the 30 day consultation would be centred on Garreglwyd being sold with a preferred use as a specialist dementia facility, or used as a private nursing or private residential care facility.

Residents, relatives, staff, health professionals and other interested parties would be invited to have their say on the proposed sale during the consultation.

A dedicated team of specially trained social workers would also support residents and their families throughout.

Garreglwyd, which has 11 long term residents, can accommodate 28 beds and its average occupancy for the last year was just over 60 per cent.

An Anglesey Council spokesman added: “There has already been interest in the property from the private sector, including both existing care and nursing home companies, and those that build specialist care accommodation.”




 

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