Adult social care chiefs thank Lancashire care staff

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Lancashire County Council's adult social care chiefs have thanked staff across the sector for their support this Christmas.

This comes as people employed by care providers and the county council continue their hard work over Christmas and New Year.

They include care home staff, home care and supported living workers, short breaks, shared lives and day centre staff, who work around the clock to ensure people get the care and support they need.

Catering teams are ensuring people using these services can enjoy their Christmas dinner and continue to eat healthily over the Christmas break.

Occupational therapists, social workers and other staff are working hard to ensure people have the support they need to live independently without needing hospital and residential care. They also ensure people who can return home after hospital care are discharged in a timely way.

County Councillor Graham Gooch, cabinet member for adult social care, said: "As we edge closer to the end of this year, we want to express our sincere gratitude to our staff across the sector for the tremendous job they have done over this past 12 months.

"This has been a hugely challenging year again. We have seen unprecedented demand for our services and significant changes to the way we work because of the pandemic and the new Omicron variant.

"We've put a winter plan in place to help us cope with these demands and thanks to everyone's superb efforts, this is working well.

"A huge thank you to everyone across the sector whose hard work and effort is making a real difference to the lives of so many people."

County Councillor Susan Whittam, lead member for health, added: "Everyone involved continues to do a superb job.

"We are of course now facing the uncertainty of the latest Covid variant, as well as feeling the full impact of winter with the extremes of weather and the increased pressure placed on already vulnerable people and services.

"Social care staff are putting in so much time and effort to deal with this and we thank them for their continued hard work."

Louise Taylor, executive director of adult services and health and wellbeing, said: "The pace is relentless and fast moving. As much as we might like to think it, none of us are superhuman, just humans committed to doing a super job in extremely difficult circumstances to make things better for others.

"The flexible and imaginative ways staff have responded to people in need of support has been amazing and importantly, has helped raise further awareness and confidence in our social care services.

"We understand many people will be working over this festive period, but we hope they will all get the opportunity for some much-needed downtime.

"Social care staff should each feel immensely proud of the way they have served the public this past year and we send them our combined thanks and best wishes for a peaceful and restful Christmas and New Year."

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