Five-Star Service For Care Home Residents

A Llanelli care home’s £2.4 million extension has left it resembling a five-star hotel, a councillor has claimed.The changes, at Llys y Bryn, in Bryn, are part of a multi-million-pound programme, drawn up by the council, to modernise care homes.

Existing residents have been joined by former residents of Llwyngwern, Hendy, which was closed last month. County councillor Don Davies said: “Carmarthenshire Council has excelled itself. This is in the category of a five-star hotel. “It is a home for people that need care and specialists to look after them.”

Carmarthenshire Council came up with its 10-year care home modernisation plan to meet new government regulations on national standards. New homes are being built, others being modernised and extended and some, where it is not practical to equip them to comply with the new regulations, will be closed.

The council said the modernised Llys y Bryn facility would provide care fit for the 21st Century for up to 45 elderly and vulnerable residents in the town.

Ninety-nine-year-old Nancy Griffiths recently moved into the extension from another wing of Llys y Bryn. She said: “It is lovely here, heaven. I had been looking forward so much to the new place.”

Mair Davies, aged 80, from Felinfoel, moved in from Llwyngwern home. She said: “It is wonderful here. It is five-star and I am settling in very well.”

The council’s executive board member for social care Kevin Madge visited the home to see the changes for himself. He was accompanied by local county councillors Don Davies and Dillwyn Bowen and neighbouring councillor Gwynne Wooldridge.