Criticism over decision to demolish Bryneithin care home
5:01pm Tuesday 17th September 2013 in Penarth news
CRITICISM has been aimed at the Vale of Glamorgan Council over its decision to demolish the Bryneithin care home building in Dinas Powys.
The site has been the subject of a recent consultation – with the local authority expressing its desire to identify a future use for the site that continues to care for the elderly in the Vale – but emergency powers were exercised earlier this month to tear down the current home.
Campaigner Margo Fabrace believes the £145,000 cost of tearing down the building is a waste though.
She said: “The money could be used in so many other ways and for so many different causes all more worthy than knocking a building down. Why is it an emergency to knock down Bryneithin?
“Dementia is increasing and now there are over 100 people with young onset dementia. There are no specialist facilities available at this moment in the Vale for those afflicted, whether you are young or old.
“Age related facilities with specialist care and respite availability, as and when the families need it so that the people caring for their loved ones can get quality time off, is desperately needed.”
Bryneithin closed earlier this year after the last remaining resident left.
A legal contract prevented closure before then.
The decision to demolish was taken after the facility was deemed to be too old to meet modern care and accommodation standards.
But Ms Fabrace said she disagreed with this assessment too.
“Bryneithin had excellent reports from the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales and cared for the most vulnerable people in society, as well as giving the families their lives back,” she added.
“It was family orientated, the residents always came first, and the local community was very supportive.
“It offered respite care of a few days or a few weeks for the families and had a day-care facility attached to the home, run by Crossroads in the Vale.”
Demolition of the home is due to proceed as soon as possible, the local authority has said.