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Life's a beach for West Wales care home residents

Alan and Edith relax in the deckchairs Credit: Jeff Connell

The weather might not have been perfect this summer, but that hasn't dampened the spirits of residents at a Carmarthenshire care home.

Residents at Betws Cartref Annwyn Fan care home in Ammanford were asked what they missed most, and they said holidays by the seaside; and thanks to staff that's what they got.

The 67 people living at the home now have a caravan to enjoy, as well as a beach hut, deck chairs and an imported shingle and sandy shore.

Lifestyle co-ordinator at the home Marie Woodcock said there was never a dull moment.

They have got their own pub, shop, giant outdoor chess set, in-built wide screen cinema, hair salon, nail bar, vegetable patch, potter's corner..and regular visiting entertainers and 'knit and natter' sessions.

The beach has been a huge success and residents love popping into the caravan and simulating happy memories of yesteryear

– Marie Woodcock

Elsewhere today a list of commitments have been submitted by public bodies in an effort to improve the quality of life of older people in care homes across Wales.

It's a result of the Care Home Review, undertaken by the Older People's Commissioner for Wales last year.

Health Boards and councils across Wales set out action plans setting out how they will deliver the outcomes expected by the Commissioner.

All of the bodies subject to my review strongly welcomed its findings and I am pleased that many public bodies across Wales who have an essential role to play in driving change within our care home system have given strong commitments to take the action necessary to improve the quality of life of older people living in care homes across Wales. This is a significant and positive step forward

– Sarah Rochira, Older People's Commissioner for Wales

Dean Thomas reports: