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Review into care for the old announced

A review into the quality of care in Wales' care homes will be carried out Credit: PA

A review into the quality of life and care of older people in Wales' care homes will be carried out. The Older People's Commissioner for Wales, Sarah Rochira, says she will use her legal powers to launch the review.

Ms Rochira says she will use the voices of older people and their families as a key part of her work.

Ms Rochira said: " [I] have seen for myself much good practice across Wales, but I have spoken many times about my concerns that this is not consistent and that we are not getting it right for everyone. We must remember that a person's home is so much more than bricks and mortar."

Imelda Richardson, Chief Inspector of Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales said: "Making sure that homes are safe and that people's experiences are good is at the core of our inspection work, and I look forward to working with the Older People's Commissioner."

Ms Richardson added: "In the last two years we have transformed the way we inspect services. As well as checking that they are run in accordance with the law, we also focus and report on the quality of experiences for people using services."

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