Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council has approved plans for Grŵp Gwalia to build a state of the art residential care home at Dwr y Felin Road, Neath. The new care home will be built near Caewern House where Gwalia currently provides respite care, on the site of the former ‘Lower Caewern House’, a building previously used by social services.
This will be the second residential care home to be built as part of Gwalia’s Improving Residential Care partnership with Neath Port Talbot Council. The programme has been set out to modernise older people’s services throughout Neath Port Talbot, providing a greater choice of accommodation and community based services and to meet the growing demand for elderly care throughout the local community.
Gwalia’s Chief Executive, Michael Williams explained more about the new care home “Gwalia is committed to the provision of first class care and accommodation. Research has shown that the health of older people who spend as little as 10 to 15 minutes of activity a day outside improves significantly, so we’ve taken this on board and made access to outdoor space a key component of the design. The building has 3 internal courtyard gardens in addition to the main garden; in fact, each resident will have same-level-access to at least two gardens or three terraces.”
The 12-bed cluster arrangement of the building will also incorporate wandering loops and ‘memory walls’ where people can sit and memory-jogging artefacts can be displayed.
Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council, Ali Thomas said: “We began the Improving Residential Care project back in 2010, with a steadfast determination to secure new residential care homes for older people in the county borough. Homes that couple high quality care with surroundings that are fit for the 21st century and that provide the right facilities to ensure privacy and dignity for the people who live in them.
“I am delighted that we are now in a position to move forward with the next home and confident that Gwalia will deliver this to the same high specification as the one which is currently nearing completion in Port Talbot.”
Due for completion in summer 2015, the development will become home for residents of Gwalia’s existing Gorffwysfa Care Home in Bryncoch and Hafod Care Home in Neath. The existing respite facilities at Caewern will also be relocated.