New temporary home for Pwllheli Dementia Service
Service users and staff are benefitting from more spacious accommodation after their dementia day service moves to a former school in Y Ffôr.
The service, which was based on Ala Road for 25 years, has now moved temporarily to Hafod Lon, before moving into its permanent base at Ysbyty Bryn Beryl next year.
The larger building has provided more room for staff to hold activities for their service users and also provides a secure garden to use.
Violet Owen, Healthcare Assistant for the service, said: “We are delighted that our service has a new temporary home in Hafod Lon.
“This is a new start for us all, we now have a bigger space which will benefit those who use the service.
“We have wonderful memories from our time on Ala Road, we have met so many different people and made friends along the way.
“However, the building is very old and the facilities in the new building will provide us with a lot more space for our activities which will benefit our service users.”
The first phase of the refurbishment at Ysbyty Bryn Beryl will begin in August and complete by the end of March 2019.
The work will include the full upgrade of the Hafan Unit to create a new ward area, as well as bringing together the Hafan Unit Dementia Day Assessment Service and the former Ala Road Dementia Day Assessment Service into refurbished accommodation at the back of the hospital.
Marianne Jones, Gwynedd Council Social Services, who began working for the dementia day service 14 years ago, said: “We have people come to us from all over Dwyfor and we are delighted we can now offer them more spacious accommodation.
“We have always had such a lovely atmosphere in our day service and I’m sure that will continue in our new building.
“It is great news that we are able to continue this important service in the community until we relocate to our new permanent base in Bryn Beryl next year.”
At the beginning of August the Dementia Day Service from Hafan Unit in Ysbyty Bryn Beryl will also relocate to Hafod Lon.
Chris Lynes, West Area Nurse Director for Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, said: “The Ala Road Dementia Day Service was operating in poor accommodation.
“We are extremely grateful to Gwynedd Council for their support in identifying temporary accommodation for both services whilst the refurbishment work is being carried out.
“The larger space will certainly benefit the users of the service and also our staff.”
PHOTOGRAPH: Service users and staff inside their new accommodation at Hafod Lon in y Ffôr.