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Bodlondeb closes doors for last time

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BODLONDEB RESIDENTIAL CARE HOME’S doors have closed for the last time after the remaining resident moved into a new home.

The closure follows the Healthier Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee’s endorsement of the Cabinet’s decision to permanently discontinue provision of residential care and all other services at Bodlondeb by 31 March 2018.

Social Services staff have worked with residents and their families to find new suitable accommodation before final arrangements were made to close the home.

Councillor Catherine Hughes, the Cabinet Member responsible for Social Services said, “Following the difficult decision to close Bodlondeb, we must thank the residents, families and staff members for working together to ensure the transfer of residents went as smoothly as possible to their new homes. Staff at the home have been involved in the whole process and the Council is working hard to ensure their future within the care sector in Ceredigion.”

The decision to close Bodlondeb was made in the context of care regulations that limited the home’s capacity for use and a high number of empty rooms across Ceredigion County residential care homes, as older people increasingly opt for care in their own homes.

The proposal to close the home was the third option considered by the Council, after attempts to identify a private provider that could provide dementia nursing care, and providing an integrated health and social care mental health facility in Bodlondeb proved unfeasible.

A spokersperson for the Save Bodlondeb campaign told us: “Today’s news means the end of a systematic process, going back several years, to dispose of one of best regarded and well run residential care homes in the County. This in the teeth of the worst winter crisis period ever experienced.

“Neither the option to provide dementia care nor the establishing of an integrated mental health unit would have seen a place for the existing residents at Bodlondeb.

“The fact that the Council’s press release states that closure was the only other option considered proves that the Council’s consultation over Bodlondeb was a complete sham, fuelled by half truths and misleading information.

“Our sincere condolences go to the families of the three residents who passed away during the process, while our thoughts are with those residents who endured the upheaval of moving only to find that their new accommodation was no larger nor as well equipped as those at Bodlondeb. ‘Shame on those few officers and elected members who forced this plan through without ever having the courage to put the issue of closing Bodlondeb to the full Council.”

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New Quay RNLI lifeboat crew trains with lifeguards

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NEW QUAY lifeboat station hosted a special training evening with the lifeboat crew and Ceredigion’s RNLI lifeguards last week.

Pete Yates, one of New Quay RNLI’s inshore lifeboat helms, worked closely with Ceredigion lifeguard supervisor, Tirion Dowsett, to plan scenarios for the teams to practice working together in casualty care situations.

A large scale scenario included four casualties to be dealt with by the inshore lifeboat crew and two lifeguard teams on a nearby beach, whilst a third lifeguard team and lifeboat crew members dealt with a separate scenario at the lifeboat station.

Pete said: “It was a great evening of training. We had 9 lifeguards and 13 lifeboat crew in attendance.

“The main scenario included casualties suffering from hypothermia and propeller injuries. A second scenario involved a mechanic suffering head injuries in the forepeak of the all-weather lifeboat and requiring extraction on a stretcher.

“On completion of these scenarios we all gathered back at the station where one of our senior crew members sprung a great act at being a diabetic having a hypo, and being suitably angry and aggressive.”

Roger Couch, New Quay RNLI’s Lifeboat Operations Manager, added: “It was great for our lifeboat crew members to work with the lifeguards as it builds a deeper understanding of each other’s roles and encourages teamwork between us. This is of great benefit when dealing with real life casualty care situations.”

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Coastguard rescues dog stuck on cliffs

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LAST TUESDAY (Aug 27), New Quay RNLI’s inshore D-class lifeboat, Audrey LJ, was tasked by Milford Haven Coastguard to assist the Coastguard with a dog stuck on the cliffs near New Quay.

The volunteer crew launched the inshore lifeboat at 1.50pm with four crew members on board and made their way south down the coast.

Brett Stones, New Quay RNLI’s helm said: “We located the dog on the cliffs by Castell Bach, near Cwmtydu. We stood by while the Coastguard team caught the animal. The dog was unharmed and safe with the Coastguard so we were stood down.

“However, while returning to station we were then tasked to a small vessel with engine failure. We towed the stricken boat with three people on board back to New Quay. We rehoused the inshore lifeboat and it was ready for service by 2.40pm.”

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New maintenance Lorries cut carbon emissions

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The Ground Maintenance Team has purchased three new lorries to support ground maintenance services in Ceredigion.

The new lorries will move Ceredigion County Council’s Ground Maintenance Service’s equipment to and from the grounds that they look after. The lorries will also take cut grass away for composting. This provides the most efficient way of maintaining the areas that the team is responsible for.

Councillor Dafydd Edwards is the Cabinet member responsible for Highways and Environmental Services together with Housing. He said: “The new vehicles replace ones which had provided excellent service for almost 20 years. They are fitted with Euro 6 engines which are considerably more efficient and better for the environment.”

The Grounds Maintenance Team is also incrementally introducing electric-powered mowers, blowers, hedge cutters and strimmers into its fleet. This equipment is better for the environment, is easier to use and causes less noise and vibration.

The new lorries support Ceredigion County Council’s commitment to be a net-zero carbon council by 2030.

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