The future is looking rosy for the residents of Gwalia’s newest state-of-the-art care home.
Plas Bryn Rhosyn, translated as Rose Hill Place, is the second state-of-the-art care home Gwalia have built as part of the Improving Residential Care partnership with Neath Port Talbot Council (NPT).
NPT Council leader Ali Thomas and Abertawe Bro Morgannwg Health Board Chair Andrew Davies met the former residents of Gorffwysfa and Hafod Care Homes in Neath to see how they are settling into their new home.
Our Chief Executive Michael Williams said the partnership with NPT is making strides and complimenting the partnership the Council has established with Abertawe Bro Morgannwg Health Board to provide reablement services.
“Our partnership with Neath Port Talbot Council is making great strides in improving adult social care in the county borough,” he said. “Plas Bryn Rhosyn has been designed to be able to adapt to the changing needs of individuals as and when they arise. The reablement unit which has been transferred here is helping to relieve pressures on the NHS by freeing up bed spaces.”
Designed to Lifetime Homes Standards, Plas Bryn Rhosyn sits on the former Lower Caewern House.Contractors Jehu paid great attention to the finer details to ensure the home is dementia friendly.
Gwalia’s development team considered best practice design principles in meeting the needs of older people in general but also specifically people with dementia. Each bedroom will have a photo of the residents on the door and cabinets are placed outside the rooms to display residents’ treasured possessions or pictures.
Our Director of Care Mark Lewis said: “It was essential that we designed and built a care home with the current residents of Gorffwysfa and Hafod in mind but also a home that was able to meet the needs of older people across Neath Port Talbot for many years to come that would enable staff to deliver the highest standards of care in a first class environment.”
Each suite of 12 rooms has a theme, from film to local sporting heroes or reference to old cinemas that were located in Neath: Gnoll, Ritz, Empire, Palace and Windsor. The home has three internal garden courtyards and roof terraces where residents can enjoy outdoor spaces as well as a communal lounge/dining area with its own licenced bar.
Short breaks following a hospital discharge or illness for NPT residents will be centralised at Plas Bryn Rhosyn. Working with the Council and ABMs Community Resource Team, individuals will be helped to regain their strength and confidence to return home and live independently.
Resident Bill Davies praised the work of the staff who have halped everyone settle in.
The 80-year-old said: “I have been living at Hafod but moved here last Wednesday and I can already say it is like home. We all settled in really well and you would honestly think we had been here years. I know I’m going to be happy here.”
Council leader Ali Thomas said the flourishing partnership between NPT and Gwalia is transforming the way adult social care is delivered.
He said: “Providing high quality care for people in a home of their choice within their community is a key priority for the Council. Having responsive and cost effective residential care, intermediate care and short break services is essential to achieving this. “Working in partnership with Gwalia, we will continue to shape services to meet the needs of residents.”
ABM chair Andrew Davies said: “Plas Bryn Rhosyn is an excellent facility which is providing high quality care in a state-of-the-art facility. As a health board we are committed to working with partners, such as Gwalia, to ensure that we provide the highest standard of care that individuals have the right to expect.”