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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

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