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Homecare Day - 9th December 2020Homecare Day - 9th December 2020

The contribution of homecare support is to be celebrated across the UK
 
Wednesday 9 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.
 
Homecare 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 Homecare 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 homecare support using the hashtag #homecareday.

Jane Townson, CEO of UKHCA, said:

“Homecare workers have demonstrated outstanding care, kindness and dedication throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to their hard work, homecare has proved itself a relatively safe option. Many people have been supported to live well at home which has given families peace of mind when they were restricted from visiting themselves. Investing in homecare improves lives and saves money for the health and care system. We will continue to press governments in all of the UK administrations to recognise the value of homecare to society, including its direct and indirect contributions to the economy, and fund it adequately.”

Dr Donald Macaskill, CEO of Scottish Care, said:
 
“Throughout the pandemic thousands of women and men have left their homes every day to go out and care for and support others. They are the heart of our homecare sector and we all owe them a debt of gratitude. This day is an opportunity to recognise their dedication and professionalism every day of the week, regardless of weather, risk or fear. Homecare services allow people to remain independent for as long as possible in their own home. This years’ theme highlights the way that through such professional work homecare helps to foster and create real community. The homecare sector shows us caring and compassion at its best. It is the responsibility of all of us from government down to individual to recognise this contribution and to adequately resource and reward this dedication.”

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Homecare Day:
 
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 home care staff enable people to achieve every day across the UK.
 
Wednesday 9th 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 #homecareday.

The theme of the day is Care Community, to highlight how homecare services are essential parts of the health and social care community, as well as local communities in every part of the UK. Homecare services and staff provide high quality, person-centred care to support the health, wellbeing and independence of people in their own homes, with staff demonstrating skill commitment and compassion every day.

About UKHCA:
 
United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) is the professional association for more than 2,150 domiciliary care providers in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. UKHCA is the professional association for homecare providers. Together we make sure that all of us can live well at home and flourish within our communities.

- Homecare helps almost a million older and disabled people each year to remain independent at home. Nine out of ten people aged 50+ would choose care in their own home
- Over 750,000 people are employed in the UK homecare sector
- 362,235 days a year are spent in hospital from delayed discharges due to lack of homecare (in England alone).
 
About Scottish Care:
 
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 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.
 
In Scotland, the independent adult social care sector contributes to:
The employment of over 104,000 people
The provision of 90% of care home places for adults
The delivery of over 55% of homecare hours for older people

The homecare sector in Scotland provides:
Employment to over 71,000 people
Over 2,000 services in communities across the country
Support to nearly 92,000 individuals

www.scottishcare.org

Contact:
 
Feel free to get in touch by emailing:
Scottish Care: comms@scottishcare.org or call on 01292 270240
UKHCA: media@ukhca.co.uk or call on 020 8661 8165


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