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The Council will be hosting three public engagement events throughout March 2019, where members of the public will be able to find out more about proposals to modernise care for older people in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

A 12-week consultation period began on January 14, 2019, to give people the opportunity to have their say via respective online surveys for the proposals relating to day care and residential care. These proposals are summarised below.

To date, the Council’s consultation has focused on engaging with service users and their families – using advocacy support where required – as well as staff. Working with independent consultants Practice Solutions Ltd, this has been via a number of engagement sessions at care homes and day centres – where service users, relatives and staff have been invited to attend.

With these sessions being completed shortly, there will now be opportunities for members of the general public to attend three separate public events in March 2019, before the consultation concludes on April 8. Everyone is welcome to attend these public events, which are being held at:

  • Rhondda Sports Centre, Ystrad – March 13, 2019 (2pm to 8pm).
  • Sobell Leisure Centre, Aberdare – March 21, 2019 (2pm to 8pm).
  • Llantrisant Leisure Centre – March 28, 2019 (2pm to 8pm).

These ‘drop in’ engagement events will allow members of the public to find out more about the proposals, and put any queries to Council Officers.

Councillor Geraint Hopkins, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Community Services and Welsh Language, said: “The Council’s consultation events on proposals to modernise care for older people in Rhondda Cynon Taf have so far targeted service users, their families and staff, through a number of internal engagement sessions to ensure all parties understand the proposals, and to capture their feedback.

“Throughout March 2019, the consultation is now offering the opportunity for the wider public to find out more, and have their say in person, across three public ‘drop in’ events in Ystrad Rhondda, Aberdare and Llantrisant.

“Members of the public have had the opportunity to view the consultation documents online, and complete a survey for both day care and residential care proposal, since the start of the consultation. The public ‘drop in’ events will allow people the opportunity to speak to Officers in person about the proposals, and put forward any questions or queries they might have.

“The Council truly believes that modernising care for older people is the right thing to do, and that now is the right time to do it.

“At the heart of the proposals is a planned £50m investment in Extra Care across Rhondda Cynon Taf – to build five brand new facilities and increase the total number of Extra Care places to 300 across the County Borough. Construction progresses on the first – at Club Street in Aberaman – while the second in the Graig, Pontypridd, has recently received planning permission.

“I would urge members of the general public to attend one of the three public ‘drop in’ sessions this month, to find out more and have their say.”

The proposals for residential care and day care are outlined below:

Residential Care Proposals

OPTION 1 – Continue existing arrangements.

OPTION 2 – Phased decommissioning of all Council care homes.

OPTION 3 – The Council retains some of its residential care homes, to focus on complex care. This is the Council’s preferred option.

 

Day Care Proposals

OPTION 1 – Continue existing arrangements.

OPTION 2 – Phased decommissioning of all five day care centres, introducing a new service model offering universal services and opportunities for older people in Community Hubs, along with day services for assessed care needs and specialist dementia care. This is the Council’s preferred option.

You can have your say in the consultation by visiting the webpages below:

Residential Care proposals:

https://www.rctcbc.gov.uk/EN/GetInvolved/Consultations/CurrentConsultations/ResidentialCareServicesConsultation.aspx

Day Care proposals:

https://www.rctcbc.gov.uk/EN/GetInvolved/Consultations/CurrentConsultations/DayCareServicesConsultation.aspx 

Posted on Monday 11th March 2019

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