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Following consultation upon the Council’s plans to modernise residential care, Cabinet will next week consider proposals which would increase the number of Council-run facilities proposed to be retained, including Garth Olwg and Ystradfechan homes.

The revised plans for the future of residential care in Rhondda Cynon Taf propose the retention of nine local authority care homes, and to transform Dan y Mynydd Residential Care Home (Porth) into a state-of-the-art 60-bed Extra Care facility.

In addition, the proposal will recommend the redevelopment of Bronllwyn Residential Care Home (Gelli) to meet modern accommodation needs. This redevelopment would provide support for those with a learning disability, securing an important future role for this facility.

In response to this engagement, the following proposals will be considered by Cabinet at its meeting on December 3:

  • To retain nine Council-run care homes including Garth Olwg and Ystrad Fechan Residential Care Homes in Church Village and Treorchy – to be refocussed for complex needs (including dementia), residential reablement and respite care.
  • To refocus Bronllwyn Residential Care Home in Gelli, developing the site to provide modern accommodation with care to support people with learning difficulties in adulthood and older age, to meet changes in need and demand.
  • To create a new 60-unit Extra Care housing scheme in line with the Council’s strategy to modernise options for older people and deliver Extra Care housing as part of the redevelopment of the Dan y Mynydd facility. (There are currently no residents within Bronllwyn and Dan y Mynydd Residential Homes)
  • Developing further plans to comprehensively modernise the nine residential care homes proposed to be retained and to recommence permanent admissions to these homes immediately.

On two separate occasions in 2019, residents’ views where sought on a preferred option for the future delivery of residential care. The preferred option proposed retaining and investing in seven key Local Authority care homes, focusing on complex care and respite.

Councillor Geraint Hopkins, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for Adult Community Services, said: “The recommendations to be presented to Cabinet next week build upon the views received through our extensive engagement, and the need to modernise residential care in response to the changing needs of future generations.

“It is clear from the consultation that the Council’s care homes are valued by residents, however, doing nothing is not a viable option either – based on changing expectations and increased demand now and into the future. Very importantly, the consultation has demonstrated the high value placed in the care provided by the Council, which is testament to the dedication of our staff, and the proposals being considered next week seek to respond to this recognition.

“A key change in the proposed way forward is for investment and modernisation to take place across nine local authority residential homes, with Garth Olwg and Ystradfechan homes now also being proposed to be retained.

“The creation of 300 extra care places for Rhondda Cynon Taf by 2025, to respond to the changing aspirations and needs of older people, remains a key component of the proposals to be considered next week.

“The report proposes redeveloping Bronllwyn Home in Gelli to provide additional accommodation with specific care support for people with learning difficulties, and Dan y Mynydd in Porth is proposed as the site for a new 61-bed Extra Care facility

“These amended plans seek to respond to the extensive feedback we have received through the conversation initiated by the Council back in 2018 around the changing needs of an ageing population, who wish to live independently for longer.”

Cabinet Members will consider the feedback from the consultation at the meeting on December 3, alongside the considerations of comments of the Council’s Overview & Scrutiny Committee, which will scrutinise the outcome of the consultation process and the recommendations to Cabinet on December 1, 2020. 

Consideration of these plans following the second consultation phase in 2019 was due to take place in March 2020, however, the onset of the pandemic has delayed consideration of these plans and provided the opportunity for further development.

Posted on Tuesday 24th November 2020

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