Work is underway on a state-of-the-art residential care home in Neath, thanks to a partnership between non-profit housing and care company Grŵp Gwalia and Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council.
Welsh contractors Jehu Project Services have started work on the £5.6 million development at Dwr y Felin Road, Neath. The new care home is being 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.
The 60-bed state of the art facility has a dementia-friendly design which sees the rooms spread over 5 clusters, each with a living and dining room, an assisted bathroom and sensory garden.
This will be the second residential care home to be built as part of Gwalia’s partnership with Neath Port Talbot Council to improve residential care services within the county.
Gwalia’s Chief Executive, Prof. Michael Williams said: “Feedback has been tremendous from the residents and their families of our recently completed Llys y Seren home in Baglan, and we’re excited to be bringing the same innovative design and class leading care to Neath.”
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.
Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council, Cllr. Ali Thomas OBE 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.”
Due for completion in autumn 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.