I was delighted to visit Penylan House for an Open Day last week showcasing their work on ‘Art in Care’. Penylan House is run by Linc Cymru on the “Eden Alternative” principle which emphasises creating a person centric community. As a society we need to make sure that care homes for the elderly are good places to live. On my visit I saw the art work that the residents had made and spoke to the residents themselves, on my tour I was also impressed by the efforts of the staff to create a welcoming home. Flor Nessbert, who is Activities Lead at Penylan House, thinks that sharing the work that they are doing will help change peoples’ perceptions of Care Homes.

Keep an eye out for their next Open Day as they are rightly proud of Penylan House and want to share what they are doing with the community.

As a community we need to be more awake to the needs of people in care homes and the work care home staff do. There are 387,980 people in council funded long term care in the UK and this number is only going up. In Wales the Welsh Government has launched “Healthier Wales”, its 10-year strategy for a healthier Wales – including care at the end of our lives. It was great to see Penylan House proactively working to improve the lives of their residents and how their activities helped the residents themselves make their living space feel like a home.

Thanks to Flor, residents and staff and I look forward to visiting again.

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