When it opens in a few weeks time, the new Enablement Unit at Plas Gwilym in Penygroes will help older people who have suffered injury or illness to re-gain the confidence and skills to continue to live independently in their own communities.
Gwynedd Council has adapted and modernised the former residential care home to create an innovative service where older people can receive specialist support before returning home after being hospitalised due to illness or an injury.
Councillor Wyn Williams, Gwynedd Council’s Portfolio Leader for Social Services, said:
“Being able to manage by themselves once again can provide a massive confidence boost to a person who has been ill or injured and gives peace of mind to family and friends.
“Plas Gwilym has been customised with the latest equipment so that the Council’s specialist staff will be able to use the unit to support people as they adapt because of their changing health.
“For example, if a person finds that preparing food or dressing themselves has become a struggle because of a health condition, the Plas Gwilym team will look to find new ways to help them learn how to do things differently so that they can continue to look after themselves.”
Councillor Dyfed Edwards, the local Councillor for Penygroes added:
“I am really looking forward to the new facility at Plas Gwilym opening in April and to see how this new way of working can make a difference to the lives of older people.
“People tell us time and time again that they want to continue to live in their own homes for as long as possible. This investment in Penygroes – the first Enablement Unit in Gwynedd – will make this a reality as it will transform the Council’s ability to support people from all over Arfon and Dwyfor as they get older.”
The new development at Plas Gwilym is one of a range of services that the Council supports aimed at helping older people to maintain their independence, and to continue to be active in their own communities.
If the Plas Gwilym Enablement Unit proves successful, the Council will be looking to establish a similar facility in Meirionnydd.
For more information about services in Gwynedd which could help older people, contact Gwynedd Council’s Social Services on 01286 682888.