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Care homes ready to welcome first residents

Council teams have pulled out all the stops to open up two care homes to help provide additional support for people leaving hospital and those who need a bit more short-term help when they are finding it difficult to remain independently at home.

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Properties at the former Parkway care home in Sketty and Respite services centre at Alexandra Road have been brought back into commission to create more than 40 additional temporary residential social care beds to ease the pressure on local NHS services by getting people out of hospital more quickly.

Inspections, repairs, installation of new kitchen equipment and deep cleans of facilities were completed in just under a fortnight so the sites could be recommissioned.

Since then they have been fully equipped and are now ready for their first residents.

Alexandra Road in Gorseinon will be providing emergency short term beds to adults with a learning disability. This will enable the council to further increase community bed capacity in addition to Maesglas in Gendros.

Reopening Parkway in Sketty will increase community bed capacity by a further 35 beds to help the council cope with the likely additional need generated by the Covid-19 virus. Ty Cila Respite Service has also been repurposed to support the community bed capacity by a further 12 beds.

Mark Child, Cabinet Member for Care, Health and Ageing Well, said: "An extraordinary level of commitment has been shown by staff across the council to turn these sites around in super quick time.

"This has involved Adult Services working closely with Procurement, Estates and Corporate Building Services and they have pulled together without question. There has also been a huge effort from staff from the Joint Equipment Store who worked relentlessly over 3 days to deliver essential equipment to ensure the residential home is up and running as soon as possible.

"It is another example of our staff demonstrating we are here for Swansea and for our NHS at this difficult and challenging time.

"Now the properties are ready for use we will be working with the NHS over the coming days to allocate the social care beds to those able to move out of hospital. This will free-up beds in hospital which can be used for more urgent cases."

Work by council building services teams that had to be completed before the properties could be re-commissioned included safety checks and any repairs needed to heating and boiler systems, electrics, water systems, fire and security systems and lifts.

Some re-decoration was needed and a new commercial kitchen was installed at Parkway while some kitchen equipment was replaced at Alexandra Road.

The local communities have also pulled together to support the reopening including the local schools. Dunvant Primary has been getting involved by naming the houses within the service which have been turned into street signs, Parklands Primary has been providing pictures and Tesco's community champions has been providing a huge array of goods including toiletries, quiz books etc. to the service.

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