Consultation on care transformation agreed

A consultation will take place in the new year on plans to modernise care services for older people in Rhondda Cynon Taf in South Wales.

Around 300 extra care beds are proposed to be built following recommendations made to the county borough council in an independent review of services.

The £50m investment includes plans to ‘substantially modernise and invest’ in care homes and day-care services, with the first of five extra care developments under construction in the village of Aberaman.

A phased-in approach of the transformation plans will be discussed during a 12-week consultation with residents and stakeholders.

The proposals would also see the council upgrade its in-house service delivery model to grow its focus on complex and respite care provision, while enabling more external market involvement in the commissioning of residential and nursing services, it said.

Features of the new service model include universal services, community hubs, day care services for assessed care needs and specialist dementia care support services.

According to Wales Online, several care homes in the area will close under the proposals but the council has not specified how many of the 11 properties in the area will stay open.

Councillor Geraint Hopkins, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s cabinet member for adult community services and Welsh language, said: ‘The preferred option, which will now be consulted upon, would provide residents with the choice, wherever possible, across an improved range of options and specialisms, while also creating greater stability in the wider care-sector.

‘Key to the proposals is the delivery of better care facilities for a new generation of older people,’ he said.