Health and social care staff are using a two bed apartment in Bangor to help provide extra care for community patients and keep hospital beds available.

A single two-bedroom flat at Cae Garnedd Extra Care Housing Development in Penrhosgarnedd is now open thanks to a successful bid by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and Gwynedd Council through the Welsh Government’s Integrated Care Fund.

The joint venture provides short stay accommodation for up to two weeks to support people coming out of hospital who are medically fit, but not ready to go home, and where a home care package is not yet in place. The flat can also be used to help people in the community who become unwell avoid hospital admission and long-term placements.

People who are referred to the facility have access to their own kitchen, bathroom and living room as well as other communal areas.

Arthur Williams, 74, was the first person to stay in the new accommodation. Arthur, who moved into the Cae Garnedd flat after being discharged from Ysbyty Gwynedd, said: “It really is a wonderful place to stay, I’ve felt very at home here and it’s helped me get back on my feet.

“It will be very beneficial for those who live in the community and need that extra support before going home.”

Ffion Johnstone, West Area Director for Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board said: “We already have a very successful short term care apartment in Bala in a similar development. We are keen to replicate this in Bangor to ensure people can be supported to live in their own homes for as long as possible and to return to their own homes following a hospital stay in a safe and supported environment.”

Carwyn George, Extra Care Manager at Cae Garnedd said North Wales Housing are pleased to be part of the joint venture with BCUHB and Gwynedd Council.

He said: “The flat at Cae Garnedd can provide a home from home for people until they are ready to go home. Myself and other residents will offer a warm welcome and support during their visit.”

Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member for Care, Councillor Gareth Roberts added: “Maintaining independence is one of the most important issues for people as they get older.

“This innovative scheme at the Cae Garnedd extra care housing development shows how the key agencies are working more closely across the care and health sectors to ensure that the services we provide meet the needs and aspirations of local people.”

Photos: Pictures of inside the new single two-bedroom apartment at Cae Garnedd.