De­men­tia cen­tre in £1m boost 48-bed de­vel­op­ment will cre­ate 80 care sec­tor jobs

North Wales Weekly News - - WRITTEN BY YOU - BY OWEN HUGHES

ASPE­CIAL­IST £4m de­men­tia cen­tre that will cre­ate more than 80 jobs has opened.

Ty Cariad has been de­vel­oped on North Wales Busi­ness Park in Abergele by Fair­ways Care - its fourth home in North Wales.

They say the 48-bed cen­tre will put more than £1m a year into the lo­cal econ­omy in wages.

Fair­ways MD Mark Bai­ley said: “We have in­vested £4m into the site and will now make a big eco­nomic im­pact on the area.

“We have es­ti­mated we will have a pay­roll of £750,000 in the first year and well over £1m in the years af­ter that.

“This will have an im­pact on the econ­omy of Abergele with all the work­ers liv­ing in the lo­cal area.

“We al­ready have 30 staff and over the com­ing months we hope to have at least 50 more staff, how soon that hap­pens will de­pend on how quickly we fill up.”

Mark be­lieves the com­pany will be meet­ing strong lo­cal de­mand for this type of spe­cial­ist de­men­tia care home.

He said: “We had looked at de­mand be­fore mak­ing such a large in­vest­ment, we were con­ser­va­tive in our es­ti­mates and we have found a high level of de­mand since open­ing.

“We only opened on the 1st of this month and we al­ready have nine peo­ple here and there has been a lot of in­ter­est from fam­i­lies.

“We are lim­it­ing how many peo­ple we will take in be­cause we want to en­sure staff can cope.

“We are de­lib­er­ately over-staffing at the mo­ment, es­pe­cially as work­ers un­dergo ex­ten­sive train­ing.

“In terms of find­ing staff the re­sponse has been ex­cel­lent.

“We have been sur­prised at the level of ex­pe­ri­ence there is with peo­ple who have worked in the area of de­men­tia.

“But it is not just about ex­pe­ri­ence, that is not what makes a good carer, it is what is in­side you. “A good carer has to have a good heart and we can add the skills and train­ing.”

Over­all the Fair­ways Care group now em­ploys more than 200 work­ers and pays £3m in wages each year.

The £4m Ty Cariad de­men­tia cen­tre on the North Wales Busi­ness Park

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