Health

Damning Senedd report concludes that care homes were badly let down

Catastrophic failings that led to the “grim an unnecessary” death toll from Covid-19 in care homes have highlighted the need for urgent reforms, according to a social care leader. Mario Kreft MBE, the chair of Care Forum Wales, spoke out in the wake of a damning report from the Senedd’s Health Committee which concluded care […]

Inspirational Sam gets life back on track after battling booze

An inspirational woman who regularly opened a bottle of wine for breakfast and washed it down with vodka is getting her life back on track thanks to a pioneering scheme. Samantha Taylor, 47, who lives in Rhyl, is being supported by the appropriately named Dechrau Newydd (Fresh Start) scheme which provides rapid-response support and help […]

Funding for life-saving rural volunteers helping fight coronavirus pandemic

A team of life-saving rural volunteers who have worked alongside Welsh Ambulance Service paramedics during the coronavirus crisis are celebrating a wind-powered cash boost worth more than £3,000 to fund new emergency equipment. Denbigh Community First Responders (CFRs) who normally donate their spare time to attend 999 calls and administer emergency medical care, have stepped […]

Care home owner calls for inquiry into “underhand tactics” over fees

An Anglesey care home owner is calling for an investigation into the way local authorities are using “underhand tactics” to avoid their legal obligations in the way they set fees. Glyn Williams, who runs the Gwyddfor Residential Home at Bodedern, Anglesey claims Anglesey County Council and other North Wales authorities are underfunding care homes and […]

Care home owner calls for urgent inquiry into “scandalously” low fees

A Powys care homeowner is so disillusioned with the unfair postcode lottery system of residential care funding in Wales that he’s calling for an urgent investigation. After spending 14 years battling for change Doug Leach, who runs the Bryngwy care home in Rhayader says he is fed up with the chronic underfunding of social care. […]

Fay dons her stiletto heels to complete marathon walk for NHS charity

A 75-year-old psychologist has proved mind can triumph over matter by completing a marathon walk in aid of the North Wales NHS charity on two artificial hips and a pair of stiletto shoes. Fay Harris also suffers from ME and has twice broken her neck but it didn’t stop the keen horsewoman who has a […]

Care home staff star in film about life under lockdown

Staff at a care organisation will have a starring role in a new film about life under lockdown. The documentary is being produced by Wrexham Museum to chronicle how local people coped with the coronavirus crisis. Among those being featured are staff at Pendine Park who are on the frontline in protecting their much-loved residents. […]

Cheapskate Awards given to “uncaring” councils propping up league of shame

A “terrible ten” local authorities are being presented with Cheapskate Awards for paying the lowest care home fees in Wales amid the coronavirus crisis. They’re being awarded by Care Forum Wales who say the biggest difference between the highest and lowest weekly fee per person is more than £12,000 a year  – equivalent to nearly […]