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Work starts on first development in our residential care partnership

Work starts on first development in our residential care partnership

Turf cutting ceremonyWork is underway on the first residential care home in our partnership with Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council to re-provide residential and respite care in the county.

Contractors have begun work on the £5.7 million care home at Moor Road, Baglan. The 60-bed state of the art facility has a dementia-friendly design which sees the rooms spread over 6 clusters, each with a living and dining room, an assisted bathroom and sensory garden.

Our Executive Director of Property Development and Management, Stuart Davies, said: “Starting the development of the first care home in this innovative partnership with Neath Port Talbot Council is a great milestone for us and we’re delighted to be underway. Following best practice guidelines, the new care home has been designed in clusters to give the impression of a smaller, more homely space, making it easier for people to get around.

We’ve paid an equal amount of attention to getting the outdoor space right; the sensory gardens within each cluster mean residents will be able to access safe garden areas that will also offer a different social environment and stimulation through colours, smells and wildlife.”

At the end of 2011 we were announced as the preferred organisation to improve the residential and respite care facilities across the local authority by Neath Port Talbot Council.

Cllr. Ali Thomas, Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council said: “This is an important day for older people services in Neath Port Talbot and I am proud and delighted to be here with our colleagues from Gwalia at the start of work to build the first of four new care homes for the county borough.

I am firm in my belief that first class accommodation which promotes privacy and dignity for older people is a right not a privilege, and am confident that these new care homes will deliver the high standards of care that older people in Neath Port Talbot deserve.

In addition, this project will aid regeneration in the county borough by securing front line services, reviving derelict sites and providing work for our local building trade.”

Plans for Moor Road also show a large communal gathering space consisting of a kitchen, lounge diner and fully licensed bar which can be opened out onto a decked area with patio. In addition to the gardens within each cluster, there will also be a kitchen garden with raised beds where residents can grow vegetables and herbs and an orchard garden with native fruit trees.

The development is due for completion in June 2014.