My Bron Afon

New adapted bungalows

Three adapted bungalows have been built in Cwmbran for residents with complex care and support needs. Paul Scriven, 41, was the first resident to move in to one of the homes in Coed Cae, Pontnewydd.

Paul was a geography teacher at Croesyceiliog School. But in January 2009, he collapsed and suffered a double stroke, which left him unable to move. He communicates through a voice computer or an alphabet card system with a relative or carer.

He had been living in Llanhennock Lodge care home in Caerleon but now he is back in his hometown.

He said: “The move back to Cwmbran has been strangely surreal. It’s been a combination of wanting it for so long and it being very familiar, yet little things are different.

“All of my friends and family are so glad that I am in Cwmbran. Although it was very nice in Llanhennock, it was a little out of the way. I am already seeing the benefit, with people just popping in!”

The homes were built using £377,000 funding from the Welsh Government’s Integrated Care Fund. The project was planned by the In One Place Health, Social Care and Housing partnership. This Gwent-wide project ensures landlords work closely with councils and health services to provide housing that meets the needs of patients.

Alan Brunt, our chief executive, said: “It was lovely to meet Paul and hear how happy he is living in Cwmbran. We love hearing how the homes we build make such a difference to people’s lives.

“This project involved working closely with our partners to build three high-quality homes and we hope to do more of this work in the future.”

Councillor David Daniels, executive member for communities, housing and anti-poverty, said: “It’s fantastic to see the tenants of the bungalows settling into their new homes where they can live close to their family networks.  The design and adaptations of the bungalows allows each individual the opportunity of living independently within the community.”

Gareth Lane, senior nurse for continuing healthcare and safeguarding, said: “This project required a high degree of collaborative working between Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, Torfaen County Borough Council, Torfaen Housing and Bron Afon. It is now very satisfying to see Paul in his new home and being able to access the community on a daily basis. This move has clearly had a positive effect on both Paul’s physical and mental wellbeing.”

LCB Construction was the contractor who built the homes.

(left to right)- Avril Burns, continuing health care Manager, Cllr David Daniels, Gareth Lane and Alan Brunt with Paul in his new home

(left to right)- Avril Burns, continuing health care Manager, Cllr David Daniels, Gareth Lane and Alan Brunt with Paul in his new home