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New Gwalia Mynydd Mawr dementia care home costs £700 a week, councillors claim

By Llanelli Star  |  Posted: May 15, 2013

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PEOPLE moving into a dementia-specialist care home in the Gwendraeth Valley are paying more than £700 a week to live there, it has been claimed.

Councillors in Pontyberem were discussing the Gwalia Mynydd Mawr nursing home — currently occupied by 11 residents — during their monthly meeting.

It was claimed the cost exceeded £700 per week — a sum amounting to more than £33,000 per year. Members compared the cost to that of Nantyglo sheltered housing in the village, which is believed to be around £400 a month.

County councillor Kim Thomas, said: "What I was angry about was that Hywel Dda couldn't tell me where the money went for their sale of that land. They said it was before their time.

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"I also asked, if they don't think Mynydd Mawr (Community Hospital, which is due to close) is fit for purpose, if a private doctor came along and bought it, would it be ok to make into a private hospital? They didn't answer me."

Richard Davies, executive director of social care at Gwalia, said: "The charges are in line with rates paid by the local authority and the NHS for services of this specialist nature in the nursing home sector.

"All people who require nursing care are assessed by the local authority's social services department, who ascertain whether that person is eligible for means-tested funding towards care costs."

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