Axe set to fall on Narberth residential home

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The axe looks set to fall on a residential home in Pembrokeshire.

Pembrokeshire County Council's cabinet is to be asked next Monday (March 10), to approve the closure of Sunnybank in Narberth.

The home, which currently only has eight residents - has been the subject of a 15-week consultation period.

A report to cabinet in November revealed that the cost of maintaining each resident in the home was more than £1,000 a week – more than twice the cost of commissioning a residential placement in the independent sector.

The authority says that it would cost around £3 million to repair physical defects at the 1960s-built home and to bring it up to modern-day standards.

A report to be presented to next Monday’s cabinet meeting asks for the closure of Sunnybank to be approved because the building is outdated.

The report continues: ‘We cannot identify the funds to undertake the significant improvements required and there are good alternatives in residential, nursing and extra care facilities for the residents.

"Furthermore, Sunnybank should immediately stop taking admissions so that the closure can be sensitively and carefully managed.

Residents will be supported to move to alternative accommodation of their choice as soon as practicable."

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4:36pm Mon 3 Mar 14

PembrokeshireMan says...

How else will they pay for all the pensions?
How else will they pay for all the pensions? PembrokeshireMan
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8:29am Tue 4 Mar 14

malcolm calver says...

The question that needs to be asked is how has thiis residential home been allowed to operate so long at such a high cost .
It is the duty of all councillors to make sure that the cost of services provided directly by Pembrokeshire County Council give value for money.
It is obvious that this residential home and its costs have not been scutinised by county councillors for a very long time
The question that needs to be asked is how has thiis residential home been allowed to operate so long at such a high cost . It is the duty of all councillors to make sure that the cost of services provided directly by Pembrokeshire County Council give value for money. It is obvious that this residential home and its costs have not been scutinised by county councillors for a very long time malcolm calver
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12:18am Wed 5 Mar 14

save sunnybank says...

It turns out Councillors can't add up either. The residents are actually costing £500 per week each and some are privately funded! The cost quoted for refurbishment is for high spec/top end at £1400 per sq. metre, more realistic would be £1000 sq.m. The reason there are so few residents is because all and sundry have been told the home is closing for the last 10 years. Some residents have been encouraged to move out during the consultation. There has been intentional minimum spending on maintenance. Heat pours out through enormous, single glazed windows, of course the running costs are high. Lack of funds didn't stop spending £800 on xmas decorations during the so-called consultation. It was pre-determined and therefore flawed. Residents & staff were not allowed a 50th anniversary party last year, nor were they allowed their strawberry tea last summer. Both would have been fund-raising events. The dedicated staff at Sunnybank have created a clean, genuinely friendly, truly caring environment. Residents are treated with compassion & respect and always a smile. Most residents and their families are not concerned about en-suites. They don't want posh. The carers deserve acknowledgement & appreciation for the superb job they do, day in day out, but this is what they get. Some have put their whole lives into this place. Pembrokeshire will rue the day if we lose this special place, it's irreplaceable. We have higher than average % of people over 65 in Pembs. By 2030 it will be 40%. The implications if this home closes are massive but it won't be realized till it's too late. Where is the foresight? Take care of yourself, if you live into old age make sure you stay healthy, whatever you do, don't get dementia, there won't be anyone to look after you. You can't depend on the private sector, fees are set to go up, PCC doesn't want to pay. 2 Judicial Reviews and nothing has been learned. So when all the services have been taken from us and we all refuse to pay council tax, what are they going to do? Put us all in prison? But they won't have the funds to build a prison big enough..............
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It turns out Councillors can't add up either. The residents are actually costing £500 per week each and some are privately funded! The cost quoted for refurbishment is for high spec/top end at £1400 per sq. metre, more realistic would be £1000 sq.m. The reason there are so few residents is because all and sundry have been told the home is closing for the last 10 years. Some residents have been encouraged to move out during the consultation. There has been intentional minimum spending on maintenance. Heat pours out through enormous, single glazed windows, of course the running costs are high. Lack of funds didn't stop spending £800 on xmas decorations during the so-called consultation. It was pre-determined and therefore flawed. Residents & staff were not allowed a 50th anniversary party last year, nor were they allowed their strawberry tea last summer. Both would have been fund-raising events. The dedicated staff at Sunnybank have created a clean, genuinely friendly, truly caring environment. Residents are treated with compassion & respect and always a smile. Most residents and their families are not concerned about en-suites. They don't want posh. The carers deserve acknowledgement & appreciation for the superb job they do, day in day out, but this is what they get. Some have put their whole lives into this place. Pembrokeshire will rue the day if we lose this special place, it's irreplaceable. We have higher than average % of people over 65 in Pembs. By 2030 it will be 40%. The implications if this home closes are massive but it won't be realized till it's too late. Where is the foresight? Take care of yourself, if you live into old age make sure you stay healthy, whatever you do, don't get dementia, there won't be anyone to look after you. You can't depend on the private sector, fees are set to go up, PCC doesn't want to pay. 2 Judicial Reviews and nothing has been learned. So when all the services have been taken from us and we all refuse to pay council tax, what are they going to do? Put us all in prison? But they won't have the funds to build a prison big enough.............. ... save sunnybank
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