North Wales-based care home group, Cariad Care Homes, is continuing a programme of improvements which has seen it invest £750,000 at the homes over the past six years.
The business is spending £80,000 of a £120,000 upgrade investment on installing new automatic electrical ceiling hoists in all the bedrooms at Plasgwyn, Criccieth, and at its second site at Bodawen, in Porthmadog.
The company has also put in emergency generators at both homes at a cost of £40,000 and set up a new training room at Plasgwyn with a new training programme to be rolled out.
Ceri Roberts, managing director of Cariad Care Homes, said the decision to install the ceiling hoists was made to benefit both the residents and care team.
She said: “They are for people who unable to bear their own weight and for whom we would have to use a manual hoist to transfer out of bed.
“The electrical ceiling hoists are much more comfortable for the resident and much less stressful and it means staff have more time to devote to giving positive attention to our residents.”
Monica Stevenson, a carer who has been with Cariad Care Homes for 12 years, said: “The new ceiling hoists are fantastic for the residents and the staff because it makes the whole operation of getting someone up run much more smoothly.
“It means we are not jerking or pulling residents about as with a mobile hoist so it’s a much more comfortable transfer from bed to chair or vice versa and it’s much more dignified.
“Our job is easier with them. We have to think about the residents all the time – they could be your mum or dad and if you ask them they say it’s wonderful too.”
Cariad has backed that up by installing modern generators in both nursing homes to ensure that electrical supplies are maintained to both homes at all times – a vital facility in an area subject to harsh winter weather which can threaten power supplies.
It is part of a major programme of investment in the homes which can cater for 78 residents in individual rooms and which also includes expenditure on a new programme of staff training and development.