Gwynedd Council opens specialist dementia unit in Nefyn
The Plas Hafan care home in Nefyn has opened a new Specialist unit which has been developed for people living with dementia.
The ‘Tŷ Clyd’ unit will ensure suitable care for people living with dementia in the area. It forms part of a wider strategy by Gwynedd Council to provide dementia care in a number of the authority’s own care homes.
Councillor Dafydd Meurig, Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member for Care said: “I’m so pleased that this specialist unit is opening in Plas Hafan. This Investment forms part of our vision of working with partners in the health sector to offer specialist care services for people with conditions like dementia within their communities and as close as possible to family and friends.
“With an increase in demand for these kinds of services and a shortage of specific facilities, people have often had to leave their local community to receive the care they need. I’m delighted that we can respond to the desire for dementia care more locally, and that the Nefyn and Pen Llŷn area will benefit.
“This development at Tŷ Clyd is part of a wider project by the Council in communities across Gwynedd, with a similar unit also being developed at Plas Hedd in Bangor along with extending the dementia provision at Bryn Blodau in Llan Ffestiniog and Llys Cadfan in Tywyn.”
During the official opening, the guests which included families, Gwynedd Council Chairman Councillor Edgar Wyn Owen and Dr Arfon Williams who is a GP in Nefyn, had the opportunity to see the brand-new provision.
As part of the £200,000 upgrading work at Plas Hafan, part of the care home has been adapted so that specialist support can be provided for up to eight people with dementia. In addition, landscaping work has also been caried out to create a dementia-friendly garden for the residents to enjoy the outdoors in safety.
Wendy Owen, who manages Plas Hafan on behalf of Gwynedd Council added: “This has been a very exciting project and we are delighted to see the specialist unit now open.
“This provision within the Plas Hafan home will mean that people living with dementia will be able to receive the care and support they need as close as possible to home. This is so important because it means that residents will stay closer to their family and friends and maintain that important contact for as long as possible.”
Chris Lynes, West Area Nurse Director for Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Gwynedd Council to develop our dementia services within the community.
“Developing specialist units means people living with dementia will be able to receive the support they need as close as possible to their loved ones.”
Gwynedd Council is working with the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board on this project, with funding from the Welsh Government’s Integrated Care Fund used to pay for the upgrading work.
Aled Davies, Head of Gwynedd Council’s Adults, Health and Wellbeing Department; Wendy Owen, who manages Plas Hafan; Council Chairman, Councillor Edgar Owen and Chief Executive, Dilwyn Williams during the Tŷ Clyd official opening