Parkway Residential Home in Sketty

Swansea Labour administration driving forward redeployment of two former care homes during Coronavirus crisis

Work is taking place to bring two former Swansea care homes back into temporary use to further increase the number of social care beds in the city.

The Swansea Labour-led Council has already increased residential care capacity in the city by 35 since the coronavirus crisis began, but this move will allow even more beds to open, supporting the NHS and saving lives.

It means that patients who are well enough to be discharged from hospital can be moved without unnecessary delay, thereby easing the pressure on the NHS.

The former Alexandra Road home in Gorseinon, which was for short-term respite care for adults with a learning disability before relocating to more modern accommodation, is being brought back into use during the crisis.

And work is also taking place at the former Parkway Residential Home in Sketty so that can be used again.

Labour Cllr Mark Child, Cabinet Member for Care, Health and Ageing Well, said: “Our professional care staff do a fantastic job under normal circumstances but they really are going the extra mile to deliver for Swansea when people need the council like never before.

“These additional beds will help support our colleagues in the NHS.

“By creating more beds in social care we are giving Singleton and Morriston Hospitals more space to treat the very ill as well as those with Coronavirus.

“We are working side-by-side with the NHS to save lives.”

Both former homes are being prepared by Swansea Council’s Building Services team and are expected to be available for use within the next two weeks, increasing capacity in Swansea by more than 40 additional beds.

They will be staffed by the council’s in-house care teams and agency workers, along with carers who are returning to the profession under Swansea Council’s carer recruitment drive.

The additional capacity is one of many measures being taken by the council to ensure that pressure is being taken off the NHS.

Dozens of people have responded to an urgent appeal by the council to recruit paid carers to help support older and vulnerable people in their communities but more are needed.

The council is especially interested in returners – those who’ve experience of the care sector as residential or domiciliary care workers and would be willing to come back to the sector – who could help out. But the appeal goes out to those with little or no experience too, as training will be provided.

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