£800,000 to fund four new de­men­tia units in Gwynedd

Bangor Mail - - NEWS -

GWYNEDD Coun­cil has ap­proved an £800,000 in­vest­ment to fund four new de­men­tia units across the county.

Ac­cord­ing to cab­i­net mem­bers, who unan­i­mously passed the an­nual fund­ing pack­age, the need to in­vest in coun­cil-run de­men­tia pro­vi­sion has in­ten­si­fied fol­low­ing the clo­sure of two pri­vate homes over the past six months.

In May, Dol­gel­lau’s Ll­wyn res­i­den­tial home closed its doors fol­lowed by the Penis­ar­waun nurs­ing res­i­den­tial home two months later.

In light of the in­creas­ing need, the re­port to Tues­day’s cab­i­net meet­ing rec­om­mended that an an­nual fig­ure of £808,000 should be spent on staffing four brand­new spe­cial­ist de­men­tia units at Llys Cad­fan in Ty­wyn, Plas Hafan in Ne­fyn, Plas Hedd in Ban­gor and Llan Ffes­tin­iog’s Bryn Blo­dau.

Build­ing work has al­ready been com­pleted on three of the spe­cial­ist units with Bryn Blo­dau ex­pected to be com­pleted by the end of June 2019, in­clud­ing adapt­ing parts of the res­i­den­tial units so that they are suitable for those with de­men­tia.

Coun­cil leader Dyfrig Sien­cyn de­scribed the plan as “pi­o­neer­ing” and paid tribute to the work car­ried out by both the author­ity and lo­cal health board.

Wel­com­ing the fund­ing pack­age, Cllr Dafydd Meurig said: “This is a lot of money but when we con­sider the chal­lenges ahead of us and the change in de­mog­ra­phy, it is some­thing we need to tackle now.

“I ap­pre­ci­ate the work that’s gone in and back these pro­pos­als 100%”

The spe­cial­ist de­men­tia units form part of the joint ef­forts of Gwynedd Coun­cil with Betsi Cad­wal­adr Health Board to en­sure older peo­ple have ac­cess to the spe­cial­ist care and health ser­vices they need within their com­mu­nity.

Each unit will be a home for 7 or 8 in­di­vid­u­als.

Staff re­cruit­ment is set to get un­der way dur­ing early 2019.

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