Tŷ Cwm Independent Living
Tŷ Cwm provides an accommodation option to people over 55 in the Merthyr area supporting independence in later life, or where physical disability or sensory impairment impact on their abilities to take an active role in their community.
Extra Care can be a viable alternative to sheltered accommodation or residential care by encouraging independent living, and providing a home with care and support services that can increase or decrease as the individual’s needs change. It is suitable for single people or couples, where one or both need more supportive accommodation.
Tŷ Cwm has 60 self-contained apartments offering a mixture of one bed & two bedrooms. All accommodation is available for rent on an assured tenancy basis and is built to a high specification, including full wheelchair accessibility.
To be eligible to apply for a tenancy at Tŷ Cwm you will need to live in Merthyr or have a close connection with the area, and be over 50 years of age. You must also be in one of the following situations:
- In hospital
- In a residential home or sheltered housing
- In a vulnerable situation at home
- Unable to cope with essential living tasks
What relatives say about Tŷ Cwm:
Our tenants have support available 24 hours a day – either from our Managers and Support team or our Domiciliary Care team who are based on site.
Tenants are supported by a local community alarm service to contact a member of staff on site or family.
All of our apartments have the following:
- Modern kitchens
- En-suite bathrooms
- Spacious main bedroom in both one and two bed apartments
- Slip resistance flooring in kitchen and bathroom
- Spacious living room
- Low surface temperature controlled radiators controllable by occupants
In addition to shared lounge facilities, laundry, assisted bathroom and a cycle/scooter store, the scheme also offers a restaurant, hair and beauty salon, IT access, library, communal conservatory and an enclosed garden. The scheme has been sensitively designed to support tenants with early onset dementia.
For people with sensory impairments there will be a hearing loop in all communal areas and the scheme has been designed to meet the RNIB ‘Visibly Better’ standards.
Tenants are supported by a local community alarm service to contact the scheme manager, care teams and support staff on site during normal hours of operation and the ‘lifeline’ call centre in the Civic Centre out-of-hours. Domiciliary Care staff are available on site 24 hours a day to help with personal care and give support to tenants who have emergencies.
Activities and events are organised on a regular basis by our staff and the Friends of Tŷ Cwm who are a tenant led social activities group. These include:
- Coffee mornings
- Armchair exercises
- Day trips
We also have good connections with the local schools and are continuing to build close links with the local community.