Care home's future in doubt following temporary closure
A COUNCIL-RUN care home in Swansea could shut its doors for good following a temporary closure this winter.
Options considering the future of Cartref residential home in Morriston will be discussed by Swansea Council's cabinet next week.
The three-storey School Road home has been empty since residents were moved out in January after the lift broke down.
Council chiefs said repairs, coupled with maintenance improvements and long-term work to bring the home up to modern standards — such as ensuite bathroom facilities — would be extremely expensive.
A report to cabinet said at the time of the temporary closure that 11 of the 32 beds were empty and a number of residents who had been moved did not want to return.
So now cabinet is being asked to consult residents, families and staff on proposals for a permanent closure of Cartref.
Councillor Mark Child, cabinet member for wellbeing said: "Residents who moved out were all found places in other local authority homes in Swansea and a significant number have already settled in their new homes and decided they no longer wish to return to Cartref.
"Members of staff were also transferred to other care homes in January. If any final decision is made to permanently close Cartref, no redundancies are expected."
He added: "Cartref was well-liked and staff worked hard to provide a good service in a caring atmosphere. However, it's worth asking whether it makes sense to keep open an under-occupied care home that requires a prohibitive amount of investment to bring it up to modern standards when older people are telling us they would prefer social care to be delivered to them in their own homes."
The council runs seven care homes, compared to more than 40 run by the private sector in Swansea.
An ageing population is prompting a growing demand for care in later life. Mr Child said that if Cartref closed, any money saved will be used to help meet this demand, especially supporting older people in their own homes.
He added: "I want to stress that while Cartref is already temporarily closed, no decision has been made on a permanent closure and no decision will be made before a full consultation process has been completed with residents, their carers and families and staff who worked there."