Older People's Commissioner for Wales Sarah Rochira attends Neath Port Talbot Carers Service AGM
OLDER People's Commissioner for Wales, Sarah Rochira, has given a speech at the annual general meeting of the Neath Port Talbot Carers Service.
The service was set up to help those that look after an older, disabled or seriously ill family member or friend and the commissioner's visit formed part of her engagement roadshow, where she is meeting older people's groups and organisations across Wales.
More than 70 people attended the AGM, 35 of whom were carers who are either older people themselves or look after an older person.
After attending the event at Aberavon Beach Hotel, Ms Rochira said: "It was wonderful to meet staff and users of Neath Port Talbot Carers Service.
"This service provides the much needed support, information and advice for all carers living in Neath Port Talbot. I was pleased to pay tribute to the wonderful carers, whose huge impact and contribution to society is often not recognised.
"Older people contribute £1 billion to the Welsh economy each year and those who care for a loved one or friend play a significant role in this."
During the visit, the commissioner also spoke to members about her recently launched residential care review into the quality of life and care of older people living in care homes across Wales.
As part of the Review, commissioner Ms Rochira and her team will visit 100 residential care homes across Wales in the new year, including a number in Neath Port Talbot, Carmarthenshire and Swansea. She described how the review would include a mixture of scheduled and unannounced visits to care homes.
Also as part of the review Ms Rochira would like to hear from as many older people as possible, as well as their friends and families, about their experiences of residential care in Wales.
For more information about the Review call 08442 640670, or to complete the commissioner's questionnaire online, visit www.olderpeoplewales.com