Care staff give up their Christmas to look after the vulnerable

An army of home care and residential care staff will be giving up their Christmas festivities to make sure thousands of older and vulnerable people are looked after.

Around 650 Derbyshire County Council home care staff will be visiting people at home as normal, ensuring they receive their day-to-day care that helps them to live at home.

Hundreds more county council adult care staff will be at work as usual over the festive period working in our 28 residential care homes across the county, including kitchen staff and cleaners.

On top of their normal duties, residential care staff always go the extra mile to make Christmas Day extra special for residents.

Kitchen staff will be pushing out the boat to make sure residents are well catered for with festive treats and a Christmas dinner with all the trimmings.

Staff will also put on extra activities and games to make the Christmas period as fun as possible.

The county council helps more than 3,000 people to live at home and to do this it is essential that staff maintain this care 365 days a year.

Duties for home care staff range from helping people to get out of bed, washed and dressed, to preparing meals and helping people get ready for bed.

Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Member for Adult Care Councillor Charles Jones said: “We pride ourselves on the care we offer to older and vulnerable people in Derbyshire and this doesn’t stop because it’s Christmas.

“We have a very dedicated workforce and hundreds of them are working over Christmas and new year to make sure we continue to offer top quality care and people can stay in their own homes when they most want to be there.”

Councillor Jones added: “Some people will go in to residential care temporarily over Christmas as family are away and staff will make an extra special effort to make them feel welcome and for things to be as homely as possible for them.

“I’d like to add an extra thanks for family carers who support their relatives all year and help us to do our jobs.”