Llys y Seren care home shortlisted in National Care awards
Llys y Seren nomination film
Llys y Seren, our care home in Baglan was recently shortlisted for a prestigious national care award. The Accolades are run by the Care Council for Wales to celebrate and showcase excellence in social work, social care, early years and childcare.
Although it didn't come first, Llys y Seren was highly commended at the awards ceremony and Gwalia was the only third sector operator to be shortlisted in the ‘Excellent Outcomes in the Care of Older People’ category.
Llys y Seren is our first care home built and managed as part of our partnership with Neath Port Talbot Council to re-provide residential care in the county and was up against Monmouthshire and Vale of Glamorgan local authorities.
Mark Lewis, our Director of Care said: "The re-provision of older people’s care in Neath Port Talbot means that residents at Llys y Seren now benefit from larger rooms with en-suite facilities providing the privacy and dignity they deserve. The state of the art building also now offers the flexibility to continue to support people if their needs change without them having to move."
In collaboration with the local health board there are also 9 re-ablement beds at Llys y Seren. These enable people who are well enough to move out of an acute hospital environment, into a homely setting where they can receive rehabilitation and re-ablement support, thus freeing up hospital beds and allowing people to return to their homes when truly ready.
Mr Lewis continued "It’s great that the hard work that was done by staff to successfully integrate the residents from two care homes into Llys y Seren has been recognised and that our goal of achieving better outcomes for people receiving care services has been realised."
Speaking before the awards ceremony, Arwel Ellis Owen, Chair of the Care Council and of the Accolades judging panel, said: "Once again, we have been delighted by the number and standard of entries for the Accolades. It just shows how many great examples of excellent care we have in Wales.
"It is important that the initiatives competing for an Accolade are abreast of current thinking, policies and priorities. That’s why all of the Accolades categories are in-line with the principles of the recent Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act, which aims to promote people’s independence to give them a stronger voice in the kind of care they would like, and control over how they receive it. This year’s Accolades ceremony will be the last to be staged by the Care Council before it develops into a new body, Social Care Wales. As it will also be the 10th anniversary of the Accolades, we expect the awards ceremony to be bigger and better than ever, and a worthy showcase of best practice in a variety of care settings throughout Wales,".
The winners were selected by a panel of judges comprising partners from a variety of organisations across the country and were announced at a ceremony in Cardiff City Hall on Thursday, 18th June.