Bodlondeb Residential Care Home’s doors have closed for the last time after the remaining resident moved into a new home.
The closure follows the Healthier Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee’s endorsement of the Cabinet’s decision to permanently discontinue provision of residential care and all other services at Bodlondeb by 31 March 2018.
Social Services staff have worked with residents and their families to find new suitable accommodation before final arrangements were made to close the home.
Councillor Catherine Hughes, the Cabinet Member responsible for Social Services said, “Following the difficult decision to close Bodlondeb, we must thank the residents, families and staff members for working together to ensure the transfer of residents went as smoothly as possible to their new homes. Staff at the home have been involved in the whole process and the Council is working hard to ensure their future within the care sector in Ceredigion.”
The decision to close Bodlondeb was made in the context of care regulations that limited the home’s capacity for use and a high number of empty rooms across Ceredigion County residential care homes, as older people increasingly opt for care in their own homes.
The proposal to close the home was the third option considered by the Council, after attempts to identify a private provider that could provide dementia nursing care, and providing an integrated health and social care mental health facility in Bodlondeb proved unfeasible.