Gwalia starts work on £5.7 million care home in Moor Road, Port Talbot
WORK has started on a state-of-the-art residential care home in Port Talbot at a cost of £5.7 million.
The development in Moor Road, Baglan, is the first of four to be constructed in a deal between Neath Port Talbot Council and housing and care provider Gwalia.
In 2011, the authority agreed a 25-year contract for Gwalia to take over its residential and respite care homes, along with its supported housing.
As well as running the authority's existing homes, Gwalia will deliver four new homes in Port Talbot, Neath, the Neath Valley and the Afan Valley between 2013 and 2015.
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The 60-bed home in Moor Road has a dementia-friendly design which sees the rooms spread over six clusters, each with a living and dining room, an assisted bathroom and sensory garden.
Gwalia executive director Stuart Davies said: "Starting the development of the first care home in this innovative partnership with Neath Port Talbot Council is a great milestone for us and we're delighted to be under way.
"Following best practice guidelines, the new care home has been designed in clusters to give the impression of a smaller, more homely space, making it easier for people to get around.
"We've paid an equal amount of attention to getting the outdoor space right.
"The sensory gardens within each cluster mean residents will be able to access safe garden areas that will also offer a different social environment and stimulation through colours, smells and wildlife."
Council leader Ali Thomas said: "This is an important day for older people services in Neath Port Talbot.
"First-class accommodation which promotes privacy and dignity for older people is a right, not a privilege.
"I am confident these new homes will deliver the high standards of care older people in Neath Port Talbot deserve.
"In addition, this project will aid regeneration in the county borough by securing frontline services, reviving derelict sites and providing work for our local building trade."