Council plans to close care homes as part of a £50m programme

Councillor Geraint Hopkins

A £50m modernisation programme to build five extra care facilities in South Wales could see four care homes for older people close.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council plans to focus on providing an improved range of services for residents with more complex needs, and cabinet members will consider feedback received through a 12-week public consultation on Wednesday (11 September).

As part of its modernisation and transformation programme for adult services, the council is proposing to decommission Bronllwyn Residential Care Home in Gelli, Ystradfechan Residential Care Home in Treorchy , Dan y Mynydd Residential Care Home in Porth, and Garth Olwg Residential Care Home in Church Village.

The extra care developments will provide an additional 300 beds across the county borough, while shutting the four homes, if agreed, would remove around 96 registered beds.

If council members agree to close the care homes this would be done on a phased basis.

Construction on two facilities has already begun – at the former Maesyffynnon Residential Care Home site in Aberaman, and the former Pontypridd Magistrates’ Court site in Graig.

‘The council’s extensive 12-week consultation provided the opportunity for the council to listen to the views of residents, staff, carers and most importantly older people who are currently supported by these services,’ said councillor Geraint Hopkins, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s cabinet member for adult community services. ‘Key to the proposals is delivering better care facilities for a new generation of older people. We want to ensure we continue to provide the very best level of care and support, by taking proactive steps now to respond to future needs.

‘While these proposals do include plans to decommission some care homes, it is proposed the council retains a significant number of local authority-led homes – and with this there is the opportunity for larger extra care facilities to be managed by the local authority’s experienced and valued workforce,’ Hopkins added.