The Council is reminding residents about the three public events taking place this month, so local people can have their say in the ongoing residential care consultation – with the first event at Rhondda Sports Centre on November 7.
Following Cabinet Members’ agreement in September 2019, the Council is further consulting residents over proposals to modernise residential services for older people in Rhondda Cynon Taf. From January to April 2019, an initial consultation took place, over a preferred option to retain and invest in key Local Authority care homes to focus on complex care and respite.
Having considered the feedback received – as well as recommendations outlined in an Officer report which also outlined the ongoing Scrutiny process – Cabinet agreed to further consult residents on a specific option. This process got underway on September 30, and will run to December 20, 2019.
The specific proposal includes retaining seven Council-run care homes, geographically placed to meet the needs of local communities – alongside the delivery of five brand new Extra Care facilities. The proposal, outlined in full below, would see four existing care homes decommissioned. It would bring an overall increase in beds for people assessed to need 24/7 care and support.
During the consultation, the Council is providing information about the proposal to people currently living in its care homes, with advocacy support where required. Relatives and key stakeholders have also been written to, while internal engagement sessions are taking place with staff, residents and carers – which are overseen by an independent consultancy service.
Members of the public are also encouraged to have their say. They can access information and share their views about the proposal via a survey, by visiting the dedicated consultation page on the Council’s website which can be accessed via www.rctcbc.gov.uk/Consultations. The Council is also using its social media accounts to promote how to get involved in the consultation.
Three public consultation events taking place this November will be at:
- Rhondda Sports Centre, Ystrad – November 7, 2019 (4pm to 8pm).
- Llantrisant Leisure Centre – November 19, 2019 (4pm to 8pm).
- Sobell Leisure Centre, Aberdare – November 21, 2019 (4pm to 8pm).
Residents can find out more and have their say in person at each of these events, with everyone welcome to ‘drop-in’ during the 4pm-8pm timeslots.
Councillor Geraint Hopkins, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for Adult Services, said: “The Council is now five weeks into its extensive consultation over a preferred option, put forward by Officers, for the future of residential care services in Rhondda Cynon Taf. The process includes ongoing engagement with those currently living in one of our residential care homes, along with their relatives, staff and carers.
“This process is about modernising care provision to meet the changing needs and expectations of older people, both now and into the future. The proposal would retain seven Council-run care homes to focus on complex care, along with delivering brand new Extra Care facilities in Aberaman, Porth, Treorchy, Pontypridd and Mountain Ash. This would provide more choice than currently available, and ensure the Council retains a considerable market share.
“I urge residents to find out more about the proposals using the consultation homepage on the Council’s website, and to attend one of our three public ‘drop-in’ events taking place in Ystrad Rhondda, Llantrisant and Aberdare during November. The feedback received by Officers will be a very important factor in Cabinet making any final decision on this proposal in the future.”
The Council is currently consulting residents on the following proposal:
CARE HOMES TO BE RETAINED
- Clydach Court Residential Care Home, Trealaw.
- Ferndale House Residential Care Home, Ferndale.
- Pentre House Residential Care Home, Pentre.
- Tegfan Residential Care Home, Trecynon.
- Troedyrhiw Residential Care Home, Mountain Ash.
- Cae Glas Residential Care Home, Hawthorn.
- Parc Newydd Residential Care Home, Talbot Green.
CARE HOMES PROPOSED TO BE DECOMMISSIONED
- Bronllwyn Residential Care Home, Gelli.
- Ystradfechan Residential Care Home, Treorchy.
- Dan y Mynydd Residential Care Home, Porth.
- Garth Olwg Residential Care Home, Church Village.
Posted on Monday 4th November 2019