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Well deserved praise for crucial Care at Home staff


The skill and stoic effort of Care at Home staff across Lanarkshir­e has been praised as the services continue to weather significan­t pressures.

Care at Home provides essential support to enable people to live as independen­tly as possible in their own homes. This often involves helping a person to wash, dress or get ready for bed.

Some home care workers are also trained to give more personal assistance such as help with medication.

Soumen Sengupta, director of health and social care for South Lanarkshir­e, said: “Local authority-employed staff and our commission­ed partners make a magnificen­t contributi­on to the lives of the individual­s they care for in both South and North Lanarkshir­e.

“On behalf of everyone in our wider partnershi­ps, I’d like to offer a note of heartfelt thanks for their dedication, compassion and profession­alism.

“Care at Home services have been experienci­ng unpreceden­ted challenges due to the ongoing pandemic and a significan­t increase in the number of people requiring support for complex care needs.

“The contributi­on and commitment of all our staff delivering these services and supports continues to be exceptiona­l.”

As urgent care is prioritise­d for the most vulnerable service users, leaders from NHS Lanarkshir­e, the respective North and South Lanarkshir­e Health and Social Care Partnershi­ps and councils are working together to support the workforce, including ongoing recruitmen­t campaigns that recognise the important and fulfilling work involved.

Health and care bosses are also respectful­ly reminding members of the public to show considerat­ion and kindness to the busy frontline teams.

Margaret Thomson, head of health for Health and Social Care North Lanarkshir­e, said: “There’s no easy fix to challenges caused by the demand but we are working hard, and in partnershi­p across Lanarkshir­e, to address them.

“We’d ask people to be mindful that we are prioritisi­ng our most vulnerable service users and we’d appeal for continued forbearanc­e and patience.

“Our care at home services – and indeed all our health and care staff across Lanarkshir­e – continue to work extremely hard to ensure that services users and patients are seen and treated as quickly as possible in the most challengin­g of circumstan­ces.

“We ask that people please be kind to our staff and colleagues who are committed to caring, no matter the circumstan­ces.”

 ?? ?? Great work Home carers like Helen Daly and Denis Barron have been pulling out all the stops
Great work Home carers like Helen Daly and Denis Barron have been pulling out all the stops

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