Posted: 22 December 2017
On Christmas Day we rightly hear about the nurses, firefighters and police who continue to provide vital services, and I want to add to that list all the thousands of care workers who will be doing the same.
The reality is that many thousands of people need care and support on 25 December like any other day. This year care workers and managers will once again be there to make sure that people not only get the support they need, but that they’re supported to celebrate this special day too.
It might be care workers helping someone they work with to get ready to go to a loved one's home for a Christmas lunch or for a family visit. In many cases it will be care workers sitting down for Christmas lunch with people they work with who have no family and creating their special festive atmosphere.
It might be a domiciliary care worker who is doing their regular round on Christmas Day and they might be the only person who visits someone on that day. That visit will have special resonance and power, making sure that Christmas Day is transformed from a long lonely day to something shared.
It could be one of our nurses using all their skills and knowledge to make someone is comfortable on Christmas Day so they can join in lunch, watch the Queen's Speech or the Strictly Come Dancing special.
We often talk about care services becoming like families, and I think this is never truer than on Christmas Day itself, and in the run up to December 25th, as people decorate where they live before coming together to celebrate this festival.
It will be tough for care workers to miss Christmas Day with their families, so on behalf of everyone at Skills for Care I want to say a simple thank you for everything you will do on a day that is all about community and love.
Wishing you all a very merry Christmas and a happy new year.
From Sharon and everyone at Skills for Care.