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Residential Care Home Review Update

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PEOPLE from Rhondda Cynon Taf will have the chance to share the experiences of friends and loved ones in residential care during the latest of a number of Engagement events organised by the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales.

The Commissioner, Sarah Rochira, is currently conducting a Review into the quality of life and care of older people living in care homes in Wales and her team will be at St Mair’s Centre, Seymour Street, Aberdare, on April 25 between 11am and 1pm.

It will be the latest of four information-gathering sessions set to take place across the country during April- the others will be in Llandudno, Aberystwyth and Pembroke.

The Commissioner launched her Residential Care review last November, with information and questionnaires sent to all 676 care homes across Wales.

A total of 2,000 questionnaire responses were subsequently received and these are currently being analysed along with evidence that has been taken from statutory and third sector bodies.

Visits to around 100 care homes across Wales are now also underway as part of the Review, with some taking place in every Welsh Local Authority area.

Sarah said: “I have visited many care homes and have seen for myself much good practice across Wales, but I have spoken many times about my concerns that this is not consistent and that we are not getting it right for everyone.
“Care home residents, wherever they live in Wales, have a right to a good quality of life and to have their voices heard. I hope as many people as possible will join my team at the event in Aberdare to share the experiences of friends and loved ones in residential care.”

The Residential Care Review event is at St Mair’s Centre, Seymour Street, Aberdare, on April 25 from 11am to 1pm. If you are unable to attend, you can share your experiences by calling 08442 640670 or emailing ask@olderpeoplewales.com.

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