5th January 2017
A Cardiff nursing home that employs 90 staff, caring for 60 elderly residents is to be bought by Linc as part of its plans to expand the portfolio of social care and affordable housing schemes that it owns and manages across south Wales.
Ty Coch nursing home on Station Road in Llanishen has been run as a successful nursing home for more than 20 years and is a member of both the Registered Nursing Home Association and Care Forum Wales. Staff working at the home will become employees of Linc, while residents and their families will see no interruption in the services provided at Ty Coch.
CSSIW, the regulatory body for social care in Wales, will oversee the transfer of Ty Coch across to Linc in a process that is expected to take around 2-3 months. During that period, Linc’s management will work closely with the owners to ensure a smooth transition for residents and staff to continue its tradition of delivering high quality care in a friendly, community-focused environment.
Anne Thomas, Executive Director Linc Care said;
“We have been in discussion with the owners of Ty Coch nursing home in Llanishen for a number of months and are in the process of finalising the purchase of the home as a going concern. This is great news for the residents and staff at Ty Coch who will continue to live and work at the home, with the staff becoming the newest members of the Linc team, now numbering more than 500 employees across Wales.”
Welsh care homes are set to come under greater scrutiny when the new Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Bill comes into force in 2017, with the introduction of a “fit and proper person” test for service providers as well individuals responsible for managing care services. Under the new regulations, providers will be registered in a particular service area, such as residential or domiciliary care and produce an annual report on their performance for the CSSIW. Future inspections will follow existing standards but also include an assessment of service users’ wellbeing.
Anne Thomas added;
“Ty Coch will make a welcome addition to our portfolio and demonstrates Linc’s commitment to continued investment in delivering high quality residential and social care schemes, at a time when the sector as a whole is under severe pressure. With the shortage of hospital beds locally, it is essential that homes like Ty Coch continue to thrive and provide caring environments that not only meet the needs of local families but also take some of the burden off the NHS.”
Linc owns and manages a number of housing and care schemes in the Cardiff area, including the purpose-built Penylan House nursing home near Roath Park; Llys Enfys, a mixed community housing and extra care scheme in Llanishen and Plas Bryn, an extra care scheme situated on Pentrebane Road in Fairwater.