Magistrates in Llanelli granted an emergency cancellation of the registration of a private care home in Camarthenshire, following a Welsh government application on Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW) advice.
The twenty-two residents of the care home, some of whom are suffering from dementia, were found to be potentially at risk in their residence.
These are extreme measures, requiring contingency plans regarding the care of the residents over the bank holiday weekend. Indeed, this type of intervention occurs only rarely, with this being only the second case in ten years.
According to Carmarthenshire council’s community and social care service manager for the Amman Gwendraeth area, help was provided to the care home in the form of care training, health and safety and practical advice in an attempt to improve conditions.
Unfortunately, these efforts do not appear to have been successful and all the residents have been found new homes. The cost and disruption to vulnerable people involved in such a move evidently did not outweigh the absolute necessity “to safeguard the health and well-being of vulnerable service users”.