Care home system ‘facing collapse’

Care home provision in North Wales will collapse unless more money is provided, social care leader Mario Kreft has warned.

Mr Kreft’s comments come after the closure of seven independent care homes totalling 123 beds in Conwy, representing 8% of total capacity, the Daily Post reports.

Mr Kreft, chairman of Care Forum Wales, said: “What we need in Wales is an integrated health and social care system, and extra funding to local councils needs to be ring-fenced to sustain the care sector. By integrating health and social care, we can rebalance the spending so that our resources are used far more effectively.”

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The Plas y Bryn residential home in Bontnewydd, Gwynedd, which cares for 60 people living with dementia and other mental illnesses closed in January last year. In April, warning was given of three further home closures in Flintshire.

This was followed by the closure of three care homes in Conwy in three weeks in September and October – Rhos on Sea’s Plas Isaf, Plas Parciau in Old Colwyn and Furze Mount in Colwyn Bay.

Wrexham Council has, meanwhile, confirmed this month it is closing two day centres for older people.

A Welsh government spokesman said it was aware of financial pressures on the care sector and was providing an additional £25m through the Local Government settlement in 2017/18, as well as £60m for better integration of health and social care through the Intermediate Care Fund in 2016-17.




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