For your information, the following is a brief introduction to The Laurels Residential Care Home. The Laurels was opened in April 1982 and accommodates 18 Residents. This lovely house is set in spacious grounds in the village of Trecynon and is within walking distance of the beautiful grounds of Aberdare Park. Trecynon offers a variety of small shops which include a chemist, post office, hairdressers, two public houses with a regular bus service to Aberdare town.
We have 18 single rooms and a passenger lift has been installed to ease access to those rooms on the first floor. Every room is tastefully decorated with nurse call system, television point and washing facilities. Residents can have a personal BT line installed on request if they require a telephone in their own rooms. Toilets and bathrooms are within easy reach of all bedrooms. Residents are encouraged to bring some of their favourite ornaments and pictures in and also small items of furniture subject to the hygiene, fire regulations and space constraints.
The Laurels is Registered to offer accommodation to both male and female Residents over the age of 65. We are also able to care for Residents with mild dementia.
Experienced staff are on duty 24 hours a day and have been carefully selected to provide a very high standard of care for our Residents whilst retaining an informal and homely atmosphere. All of our care staff are presently female so male Residents will unfortunately not have a choice in the gender of those providing their personal care. Your own choice of General Practitioner and further support of District Nurses, Chiropodist, Dental Surgeon and other professions are also available if needed.
Other benefits offered at The Laurels are personal laundry service (inclusive), regular visits by hairdresser and local clergy, library service, social events. WIFI is installed in the home and a Panasonic Smart TV in the lounge.
Resident activities in the home are arranged most mornings and afternoons throughout the week and include quizzes, reminiscence sessions, board games, nail pampering, bingo, music, singing and knitting to name but a few. Local schools, singers, harpists and magicians are arranged to come to the home monthly to entertain the residents. We also arrange trips out on a regular basis to local places of interest, the seaside, the beacons, town centre, coffee shops etc. The staff also specialise in their own brand of entertainment in the form of concerts, karaoke, pantomimes and party pieces.
The Home has a ‘wheelchair Access Vehicle’ which is used for residents with limited mobility, to take them to outpatient appointments, shopping and other journeys.
Families and Friends are welcome to visit the home at any time of the day or evening. There are no set visiting times.
The home owner has a dog named Peg, who visits the home each day and loves to be fussed and petted (the dog!). Families are still able to bring pets to the home to visit, but they should first check with the manager.
Residents’ birthdays and special occasions are always celebrated with a party in the main lounge at tea times. It has been customary for the families to provide a cake for the celebration and the home will provide a buffet and drinks as appropriate for the occasion.
We have a large, comfortable lounge with conservatory which leads on to a patio and beautifully kept lawns at the rear of the building. Meals are taken separately in the dining room which adjoins the lounge.
The Laurels offers an excellent standard of home cooking prepared in our modern kitchen and special diets are available for vegetarians, diabetics, coeliacs etc.
Our fees are in line with the fee level set by the Local Authority. Private and Local Authority funded Residents are welcome and advice regarding funding would normally be given by a social worker but we could arrange for Residents to speak to an independent advocate if advice is needed on any specific matters.
Our aim is to provide a high standard of accommodation combined with a warm, homely atmosphere to ensure a complete and restful retirement. We endeavour to provide everything necessary to fulfil the Residents’ every-day requirements. We believe in the personal touch with the emphasis placed on their comfort and well being. We constantly review the quality of our service on an informal basis by regularly speaking to Residents, their families, staff and visiting professionals.
The home also conducts an annual internal quality review and the outcome of the review is included as part of our Home brochure.
The home is regularly inspected by the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales and their reports can be accessed by clicking on the link via the home page toolbar. The home is also audited on a quarterly basis by the Contracting and Commissioning department of the local authority and these reports are available on request from the home manager.
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