Anglesey Council could replace residential homes with extra care housing


Geraint Jones

TWO Anglesey residential homes for the elderly could be replaced with extra care housing. 

Alwyn R Jones, Anglesey Council's head of services, said the executive committee would be asked next week to support "a fundemental shift away from traditional residential care," with Brwynog in Amlwch and Plas Penlan in Llangefni closed in favour of multi-million pound extra care facilities. 

He added: " This, we believe, will provide the best way to meet the changing needs and expectations of older people in these areas and help them achieve their future aspirations.”

The executive will also consider selling Garreglwyd in Holyhead, preferably for use as a specialist dementia facility or as a private residential care home.

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 Anglesey Council spokesman said an increase in the number of people with long-term conditions, like dementia, is also predicted.

Councillor Kenneth Hughes, social services portfolio holder, said: “These are ambitious plans which would see a multi-million pound investment in new extra care facilities in Amlwch and Llangefni.

“The strong message during recent consultations is that older people want to live independently for as long as possible.

"The current residential care model just isn’t attractive to the vast majority of those we’ve talked to and it’s also unsustainable given the shrinking budgets within local government.”

If the executive supports the recommendation, officers will continue to develop a detailed business case for both extra care facilities along with further consultation in Amlwch and Llangefni.

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