Care home closed

A Carmarthenshire care home has been closed urgently due to fears its residents might not be properly cared for.

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Council: Alternative care homes found for residents

Carmarthenshire County Council says that the order to remove Hafan Tywi care home's registration was made last Thursday at Llanelli Magistrates Court.

Alternative care homes have been identified for all the people living there. Some residents have already moved out and others will be moving today. It is a difficult time for residents, relatives and staff. The home has remained open over the Easter Bank Holiday and the local authority has put in staff to support the home. The commitment of the care home’s own staff is such that they have come into work despite the difficult circumstances. The county council had put in a lot of support for this care home. We regret that it was not possible to keep it open.

– Catherine Poulter, Carmarthenshire County Council

Watchdog: Staff not being paid

Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW) says that staff at Hafan Tywi care home weren't paid at the end of last month - but praised them for continuing to provide care for residents.

The watchdog says there was no guarantee staff would be paid properly, so it wasn't "sustainable" for the home to stay open.

The urgent closure of Hafan Twyi was triggered by a number of concerns over the financial viability of the home, which reached a crisis point when staff were not paid at the end of March. In these circumstances CSSIW had to take legal advice and legal action on 5 April resulting in the closure of the home, to ensure the service users could be properly cared for. There were no tenable management arrangements in place locally and nobody to be properly accountable for the continued safety and welfare of service users.

– Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales statement


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