Welsh Government Minister visits Vale of Glamorgan Council reablement unit
WELSH Government minister for Children and Social Care, Huw Irranca-Davies AM recently paid a visit to the innovative Reablement Unit at the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Ty Dyfan residential home in Barry.
Opened in late 2016, the facility offers a bridge between hospitals and homes, caring for people who are not yet able to look after themselves and would otherwise be taking up a hospital bed.
Ty Dyfan provides six short-term ‘intermediate care beds’ for those who may require therapy or support before they can return home.
Residents are given bespoke reablement programmes to help them readjust to living independently.
Funded through the Welsh Government’s Integrated Care Fund, support on the unit is provided by a multidisciplinary team that consists of the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s care staff and Cardiff and Vale UHB’s Community Resource Service therapists.
Cllr Gordon Kemp, Vale of Glamorgan Council Cabinet Member for Social Care, Health and Leisure, said: "This facility plays an important role helping people who have been discharged from hospital, but require a little extra time in a supportive environment so as to regain their independence.
“The Council’s in-house care team are on hand 24/7 at Ty Dyfan to support residents and help get them home as soon as possible. Following an assessment they work with the resident to develop a reablement programme and then closely with the therapists to deliver this.
“By successfully providing a reablement facility we are now working effectively to tackle the issue of bed blocking that is proving so problematic across Wales.”
Residents at the Reablement Unit receive daily physio and occupational therapy sessions as well as health promotion talks, all of which are designed to build confidence as well as aid a return to physical fitness.
Welsh Government Minister for Children and Social Care, Huw Irranca-Davies said: “I was really pleased to meet staff involved in the Reablement Unit to see their innovative work and to have the opportunity to meet residents of Ty Dyfan and their families to hear about their experiences.
“The services I’ve seen are an excellent example of the type of service we want to see
being developed across Wales. It was great to see health and social care services working together in this pioneering setting to facilitate prompt discharges from hospital and support people regain their independence.”