Cysgod-y-Gaer – exemplar home and more

Mabon & Cyng/Cllr Cefyn Williams
Mabon with Llandrillo Ward Counillor Cefyn Williams

Cysgod-y-Gaer Care Home, Corwen, must remain open and in public ownership for the well-being of its residents and their families, according to Mabon ap gwynfor, Plaid Cymru Parliamentary Candidate for Clwyd South.

Both Westminster and Cardiff governments have cut public finances, resulting in County Council’s funding being cut. Denbighshire County Council are looking at ways to cut their costs, and are looking at the future of Council run Care Homes among a host of other options.

Mabon ap Gwynfor said that Cysgod-y-Gaer had received a glowing report from the the Care and Social Services inspectorate Wales (CSSIW) the industry’s regulatory body. The Inspectorate’s latest report states, “that Cysgod-y-Gaer “provides a warm and supportive home environment… (residents are) provided by a well informed and caring staff group which treats them with dignity and respect. Care is underpinned by well-maintained systems of planning, monitoring and review. Staff were described as friendly and caring… People spoke highly of the quality of food… In general people’s views would appear to be best summarised by one resident who (said): ‘I’m happy here, this is a nice place to live”

Mabon ap Gwynfor said, “Residents at Cysgod-y-Gaer are happy there and receive first class care. The home is a jewel in Denbighshire’s crown, and is an exemplar which many homes in the private sector should look to for examples of best practice. This is the only home which provides this level of Welsh, responding to residents cultural needs. It has recently been refitted with a brand-new kitchen, and another new kitchen is being installed there now for the reablement services.

“As well as the Home’s excellent care, Cysgod-y-Gaer is also a reablement centre, meaning that vulnerable people who liv at home or who have just left hospital and need assessment and support to help them remain at home can come to Cysgod Y Gaer and have specialist assessments and interventions. Furthermore the place is also used by Occupational Thearpists and Social Workers who work in the Corwen area, meaning that they are closer to their clients and are able to respond quicker to their needs.

“We’ve already seen service downgraded here, with day care and bathing services lost. Losing Cysgod-y-Gaer would be a travesty and would result in inferior service for those that need the service. I’m encouraging everybody to contact the Council to speak up in support of the home to ensure that it remains in Corwen and remains in public ownership”.