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Son fights to keep care home open

Ceridwen Tanner and her son Alun
Mrs Tanner has lived at the home for four years

A man has vowed to do anything he can to save a council-owned care home from closing as part of a shake-up.

Alun Tanner's disabled mother Ceridwen, 80, has lived at Bryn Llywelyn near Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd, for four years. It currently has 13 residents.

He said he understood the financial position but felt "overwhelmingly sad" and fears residents will be dispersed.

A Gwynedd Council spokesman said the individual needs of residents would be assessed before the home could close.

Councillors voted last week by 29-28 to close the home after being told that the council had plans to invest in the future of elderly care in the town, and that the new facilities would offer the best option for the future.

"It hurts me very much that they've decided to do this," said Mr Tanner, 49.

Relatives

"I can see the council's side if they need to save money, but this home is ideal."

Mr Tanner said he feared residents would be "scattered" around various other care homes in the area.

"It's OK for me because I have a car, but some of the other relatives don't and it's going to be difficult for them to visit," he said.

Mr Tanner, whose mother has Parkinson's disease, said some of the residents at the home were upset at what is happening.

Bryn Llywelyn
Bryn Llywelyn is an "ideal home" according to Mr Tanner

"I was close to tears one day when one of the residents said she could not face losing her home again," he said.

"This has been a (care) home for as long as I can remember and I feel desperately sorry for everyone involved, and I am willing to do anything to keep it open," he added.

Llais Gwynedd county councillor Gwilym Euros Roberts wrote about the decision to close the home on his blog, calling it the "worst day that I have ever had as an elected member of any council".

"Gwynedd council should be ashamed for the way it has treated the residents and staff of Bryn Llywelyn care home," he added.

A Gwynedd Council spokesperson said: "Gwynedd council's care service will be assessing the individual needs of all the Bryn Llewelyn residents.

"The home will not close until this process is complete."

He added work was on track in the development of a modern care facility for elderly people in the Ffestiniog area, which would also provide 8.5m investment in the local economy.

Building work on a major extension to the Bryn Blodau Residental Home in Llan Ffestiniog began in January and further work on an ambitious scheme to provide 40 extra care housing units for the area's older people would start during 2011/12.

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