Future of Sunnybank residential Home to be discussed
5:02pm Monday 28th October 2013 in News
THE future of a Pembrokeshire residential home is to come under the spotlight.
Pembrokeshire County Council’s cabinet is being asked to consider a proposal to consult on the future of residential care services at Sunnybank Residential Home in Narberth.
Owned and managed by Pembrokeshire County Council, Sunnybank is one of two residential care homes for frail, older people in the county.
A report to next Monday’s cabinet meeting says that the home currently has only 10 residents, with a further 18 accessing it for respite care and two other day care service users.
The report reveals that the cost of maintaining each resident in the home is more than £1,000 a week - more than twice the cost of commissioning a residential placement in the independent sector.
Sunnybank was built in the 1960s, and repairing physical defects and bringing it up to modern day standards would cost around £2.6 million.
“Over the last decade, the county council has reduced the number of residential homes in its direct management and pursued a strategy of commissioning a range of community based alternatives,” says the report.
“There are now two extra care housing schemes – one in Haverfordwest and one in Milford Haven - enabling people to live independently in purpose-built accommodation and at the same time have access to care delivered on site.
“A third extra care facility is nearing completion in Crymych, which will afford similar accommodation for between 40 and 50 people as a home for life and an alternative to residential care.
“This strategy is consistent with what our customers are telling us, which is that they wish to remain in their own home in the community as their first choice and in community based settings such as extra care housing, when they can no longer be supported at home.”
If cabinet gives the go ahead next week, then a consultation team will be set up to report back to a further cabinet meeting.
The matter will also be considered by the council’s Older Persons, Health and Well-being overview and scrutiny committee.
Narberth’s county councillor, Wynne Evans, met Sunnybank staff on Monday afternoon. He told the Western Telegraph: “I assured them that both they and the residents are my primary concern.
“I will be very involved in the scrutiny process of the review to ensure it is an open and transparent process. It is what it says, a review, and no decisions have been made.”
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