Care home with just ONE elderly resident costs council four hundred and fifty thousand-a-year to run

An old people's home which has just one surviving resident left is costing taxpayers nearly half-a-million pounds a year to run.

The 90-year-old is being looked after by a 13-strong team of carers around the clock because council bosses are bound by a contract promising to care for her at the home until she dies.
The unnamed pensioner has Bryneithin home in Dinas Powys, near Cardiff, to herself after resident Arthur Samuel, 91, died last week.
Her only son, who works in Vietnam, has told social services he wants her to stay because of the unrivalled care she is getting.
And he is being backed by Mr Samuel's daughter Margo Farbrace, 57, who is campaigning for the home to stay open.
'It would be a crime for the care home to be allowed to close,' said Mrs Fabrace.
'My dad had the best care he ever had from the people at Bryneithin. He was treated with dignity and respect.
'Bryneithin is a glorious place and would be absolutely ideal as a centre for dementia care. We cannot let it go.'
The Vale of Glamorgan Council is being called on to make an urgent decision on the future of the care home which is a huge drain on its  budget. Lance Carver, the council's head of adult services, confirmed £450,000 was spent running the home in 2011/2012.
Mr Carver said: 'There was no capital expenditure last year however that does not mean that the ongoing costs will be the same now, since there is only one resident.
'The council will take a balanced and reasoned decision having considered all of the facts with regard to the future at Bryneithin.
'As ever, we are reviewing the care arrangements when things change at the home.
'We continue to ensure that the home meets registration standards with regard to staffing levels and maintenance.
'This will continue to be the case while any residents remain at the home.'


Sourced from The Daily Mail, 10th July 2012.