The contribution of home care support is to be celebrated across the UK on Home Care Day.
Wednesday 4 December will see an online campaign raising awareness of the crucial role of care at home and housing support services in supporting older and vulnerable citizens across the UK.
Home care Day aims to celebrate what homecare services do, the people that work in them and the achievements of those supported at home. The day also seeks to facilitate wider discussions on the future of homecare and what services should look like.
The day is supported by two leading care bodies, United Kingdom Home Care Association (UKHCA) and Scottish Care, who are calling for organisations and individuals across the UK to join them on social media in raising the profile and value of home care support using the hashtag #homecareday19
Jane Townson, CEO of UKHCA, added:
Homecare Day is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the difference that the 750,000 people who work in homecare services are making in the lives of almost a million people across the UK every year. From combating loneliness through to supporting people with increasingly complex conditions homecare services enable people to live healthier, independent lives at home the preference for the vast majority of people.
We’re encouraging as many people as possible to get involved in the day and share their stories of the people using and working in care services, as well as their views on the future developments for the sector please join us at: #homecareday19.
Dr Donald MaCaskill, CEO of Scottish Care, said:
This is the third annual Homecare Day and Scottish Care is delighted that it is now a day which is celebrated across the whole of the United Kingdom. It is a day to celebrate and recognise the professional carers who are the lifeblood of Scotland’s care and health system. Through their dedicated skill in support, in palliative and end of life care, in enabling people to remain at home and feel safe, Scotland’s homecare workers deserve a debt of huge gratitude.
I hope the day will be one where everyone takes some time to think about those who are cared for and those who care for them. Together they can make us into the nation we want to be, one that cares and enables individuals to live to their fullest potential.
To be able to stay in the place you have call home and to remain around family, friends and community is a desire many of us have, maybe most especially when we are ill or requiring support and care. It is this independent living which thousands of homecare staff enable people to achieve every day across the UK.
Wednesday 4th December is Homecare Day and is an opportunity for us to celebrate the amazing work of the thousands of workers who get up every morning and stay out late into the evening to provide care and support for thousands of citizens. Their work often goes unrecognised and unheralded but Wednesday is a chance for us to say thank you and to share stories of their work, dedication and professionalism.
Homecare Day is also an opportunity for us as a wider society to reflect on the valuable role which homecare plays in the social care and health system. The success of health and social care integration is largely dependent upon the sustainability and success of the care at home and housing support sector. It is this sector which enables people to return home from hospital and to receive adequate care and support and which stops unnecessary admission. Homecare is the backbone of care.
Everyone is invited to use this fantastic opportunity to share any good news stories about this sector. We encourage people and organisations to get involved by sharing content through social media with the hashtag #homecareday19.
There are a number of themes planned throughout the day including:
- Defining homecare – A celebration of what homecare is and the crucial role it plays in our communities and health and social care systems
- Homecare heroes – A celebration of the many individuals who work in homecare services and the impact they have on people’s lives through their commitment to care
- Real people, real lives – A celebration of the achievements and lives of the people who access homecare support
- A time of change – A celebration of the many ways in which homecare services are able to adapt to meet a changing policy and practice landscape
- The future of homecare – A celebration of the opportunities provided through homecare services and support for shaping the future of health and social care.
United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) is the professional association for more than 2,050 domiciliary care providers in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. UKHCA’s mission, as a member-led professional association, is to promote high quality, sustainable care services so that people can continue to live at home and in their local community.
UKHCA’s manifesto can be found here: ukhca.co.uk/manifesto2019
Scottish Care is a membership organisation and the representative body for independent sector social care services in Scotland, covering private, charitable and not for profit social care organisations. We represent over 400 organisations, which totals almost 1000 individual services, delivering residential care, nursing care, day care, care at home and housing support services. Our membership includes organisations of varying types and sizes, amongst them single providers, small and medium sized groups, national providers and family run services. Our members deliver a wide range of registered services for older people as well as those with long term conditions, learning disabilities, physical disabilities, dementia or mental health problems.
Working on behalf of this range of providers, Scottish Care speaks with a single unified voice for both members and the whole independent care sector. This includes staff working in and those who access independent sector care services.
In Scotland, the independent social care sector contributes to:
– The employment of over 103,000 people, which is more than half of the total social services workforce, including approximately 5,000 nurses
– The provision of 88% of care home places for older people
– The delivery of over 55% of homecare hours for older people
Nearly 60,000 individuals receive homecare support, which totals almost 705,000 hours of care delivered annually. The independent sector contributed to the support of 31,173 of these clients, and 68% of the total care hours.