Investment in care home provides boost for local specialist care

Date: 04/05/2018

A major investment at a Gwynedd Council care home will help to ensure that older people have access to the specialist care and health services they need within their community.

Plas Hafan in Nefyn on the Llŷn Peninsula is the latest Council care home to benefit from a programme of investment so that it can offer improved support for people living with dementia and other conditions associated with getting older.

The investment of around £200,000 will see the upgrading work in part of the Nefyn care home that will enable the Council’s care team to work with medical staff from the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board to care for up to eight people with dementia at any one time.

Councillor Gareth Roberts, Gwynedd Council’s Cabinet Member for Care said: “Local people tell us on a regular basis that they want the Council and our partners in the health service to develop expert care services for people with conditions like dementia at the heart of our communities and as close as possible to family and friends.

“We have listened and responded to this clear message, and I am delighted that Nefyn and Pen Llŷn will soon become the latest area of Gwynedd to benefit from our community-based approach to dementia care.

“The truth is that the needs of older people who require care and how we understand and best meet these needs is something that is changing rapidly. We are therefore proud to be working with the health sector to develop new and exciting plans so that we don’t have to rely on the more traditional methods of the past.

 “Whilst collaboration is very high on our agenda, it is important that we remember that our most important partners in modernising our care services are those who use our services. I’m therefore extremely pleased that the services being introduced at Plas Hafan, along with those in other parts of the county are a clear response to what local people have told us that they are eager to see put in place.

The project in Nefyn forms part of a county-wide plan to provide the care services required at the heart of Gwynedd’s communities. It includes a similar scheme at the Llys Cadfan care home in Tywyn, with plans in the pipeline for a further scheme to provide dementia care at the Council’s Plas Hedd care home in Bangor.

As part of the Plas Hafan improvements, part of the home will be modified to provide specialist support for up to eight people with dementia. Landscaping work will also be carried out to create a dementia-friendly garden for the residents to enjoy the outdoors in safety.

Wendy Owen, who manages Plas Hafan on behalf of Gwynedd Council, said: “This is a very exciting project, and we’re very much looking forward to the improvements.

“By developing this provision within Plas Hafan, people living with dementia will receive the necessary care and support they need as close as possible to home. This means that they can continue to live within their own communities with family members able to visit and maintain that vital contact. This in itself is of great benefit to the individual as well as family members.”

Ffion Johnstone, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board’s West Area Director added: “The development at Plas Hafan is good news all round - it benefits the people receiving the care and their families, and will ease pressure on local health services. This innovative approach to how we care for people with dementia underlines our commitment to working together to deliver the services our communities require.”

Gwynedd Council is working with the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board on this project, with funding provided through the Welsh Government’s Integrated Care Fund.