NURSING HOME MARKS 30 YRS WITH EXPANSION PLAN
AN Anglesey care home celebrating its 30th anniversary has unveiled plans for a £500,000 expansion.
The Glan Rhos Nursing Home at Brynsiencyn will be submitting a planning application to build four self-contained assisted living apartments.
The 52-bed home, which employs 75 people, is run by sisters Kim and Helen Ombler who say the development will create several new jobs
It was opened by their mother, Eirlys Ombler, working as a director of nursing at the time.
Kim, who is a director and the home’s registered manager, said: “The planned new four assisted living flats would be a major investment. They would be for people who just need that little bit of help so they can retain their independence but have help on hand if and when they need it.
“We are discussing our plans with Anglesey Council and Social Services. If approved, the hope is the new flats will be built and have residents occupying them within 18 months from now.”
Kim, who sits on the board of Care Forum Wales, added: “We know there is a need for this type of accommodation on Anglesey and my mum would be so proud to see her dream celebrating its 30th birthday and growing.”
Sister Helen, who is a director and the home’s responsible individual, said: “Glan Rhos is built on the land of the farm belonging to our grandparents, Richard and Catherine Evans.
“Our grandfather passed away in 1976 and the market garden ceased to operate in 1975.
“Mum had a dream of running a nursing home. She was a director of nursing. She came home one day and suggested the idea to our dad, Don, who was a builder. The next day he had architects drawing up plans.
“Initially, we had 23 beds, then 37 and after a further extension we now have 52. Our brother David Ombler is also a director but doesn’t work on site.”
Helen added: “Mum believed there were no nursing homes in the south of Anglesey and there was a need for one. We have some residents who have lived in this area all their lives and would have had to move elsewhere had we not been here.”
Mario Kreft MBE, chair of Care Forum Wales which represents more than 400 independent social care providers, said: “I would like to congratulate the Ombler family on reaching this momentous milestone. As well as celebrating what they have achieved, they are looking forward with plans for the new assisted care apartments which will represent a major investment on their behalf.”
● Glan Rhos nursing home. Pictured are Helen and Kim Ombler with Vicky Jones RGN and Ezelina Dacruz, Clinical lead. Picture: Mandy Jones