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Angesey Council chiefs to discuss selling care home

Published date: 04 July 2014 |
Published by: Geraint Jones 
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THE future of an Anglesey care home is in the balance.

A meeting of Anglesey Council’s executive committee on July 14 will consider selling Garreglwyd in Holyhead, preferably for use as a specialist dementia facility or as a private residential care home.

Alwyn R Jones, head of adult services, said: “The proposed sale reflects the Authority’s vision for the future care of older adults, namely a fundamental shift away from traditional residential care in favour of alternative care models like extra care, re-ablement and at-home provision.

“A recent needs assessment also showed a clear need to develop support and accommodation for those living with dementia.

“This is why we’re recommending that the executive authorises the sale of Garreglwyd, with its preferred use, as a specialist dementia facility.”

He added: “Naturally, the quality of care and continuity of service for Garreglwyd’s residents will remain our priority if a sale is agreed.”

Members approved a formal consultation on the sale of Holyhead’s Garreglwyd residential home in May.

A 30 day consultation followed with a view to selling Garreglwyd, noting the council’s preferred use.

An Anglesey Council spokesman said: “Residents, relatives, staff, health professionals and other interested parties were invited to have their say on the proposed sale.

“A dedicated team of specially trained social workers was on hand to support residents and their families throughout.”

Garreglwyd has 11 long term residents.

The spokesman added that there had already been private sector interest in the home, including existing care and nursing home companies, and those that build specialist care accommodation.

Anglesey has the second highest older people’s population in Wales and a 68 per cent increase in the number of people 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.

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.”






 

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