Residents and staff at a Cardiff nursing home are looking forward to the future, following the completion of a transfer of ownership.
Ty Coch nursing home, on Station Road in Llanishen, has become the latest addition to the portfolio of health, social care and affordable housing schemes run by Linc Cymru (Linc) in south Wales. The home employs 90 staff, caring for 60 elderly residents, and has been run as a successful nursing home for more than 20 years.
Residents and their families saw no interruption in the services provided at Ty Coch as staff have been transferred across to become employees of Linc. CSSIW, the regulatory body for social care in Wales, has overseen the transfer of Ty Coch across to Linc following an initial exchange of contracts back in January.
Nursing home manager, Sahra Noor, commented: “All our residents and staff are excited about this new chapter with Linc. The transition has been met with lots of positivity and we definitely see this as a good step for Ty Coch in terms of the opportunities a large company like Linc can bring. The future is looking a lot brighter.”
Anne Thomas, executive director of Linc Care, said: “We have been meeting with staff regularly since the beginning of the year to ensure the continuity of high-quality care for residents by the staff they know well. Our priority is for continuity of care and a smooth transition for residents and their families at Ty Coch.
“Welsh care homes are set to come under greater scrutiny when the new Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Bill comes into force in 2017, with the introduction of a “fit and proper person” test for service providers as well individuals responsible for managing care services. Under the new regulations, providers will be registered in a particular service area, such as residential or domiciliary care and produce an annual report on their performance for the CSSIW. Future inspections will follow existing standards but also include an assessment of service users’ wellbeing.
Anne Thomas added: “Ty Coch has made a welcome addition to our portfolio and demonstrates Linc’s commitment to continued investment in delivering high quality nursing and residential care at a time when the sector as a whole is under severe pressure. With the shortage of hospital beds locally, it is essential that homes like Ty Coch continue to thrive and provide caring environments that not only meet the needs of local families but provide a positive choice when living at home is no longer possible.”
Linc owns and manages a number of housing and care schemes in the Cardiff area, including the purpose-built Penylan House nursing home near Roath Park; Llys Enfys, a mixed community housing and extra care scheme in Llanishen and Plas Bryn, an extra care scheme situated on Pentrebane Road in Fairwater.