The contribution of home care support is to be celebrated across the UK.
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 Celebration Day aims to celebrate what home care 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 home care and what services should look like.
The day is supported by two leading care bodies, Scottish Care and United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA), 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
Dr Donald Macaskill, CEO of Scottish Care, said:
“This is the third annual Home Care 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 home care 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.”
Jane Townson, CEO of UKHCA, added:
“Home Care Day is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the difference that the 750,000 people who work in home care 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 home care 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 work in care services, as well as their views on the future developments for the sector – please join us at: #homecareday19.”
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 home care: 8am-10am
A celebration of what home care is and the crucial role it plays in our communities and health and social care systems
- Home care heroes: 10am-12pm
A celebration of the many individuals who work in home care services and the impact they have on people’s lives through their commitment to care
- Real people, real lives: 12pm-2pm
A celebration of the achievements and lives of the people who access home care support
- Changing times : 2pm-4pm
A celebration of the many ways in which home care services are able to adapt to meet a changing policy and practice landscape
- The future of home care: 4pm-6pm
A celebration of the opportunities provided through home care services and support for shaping the future of health and social care