THE ASSOCIATION OF Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) has urged its members, councillors, politicians and public alike to get behind and fully support the third annual National Carehome Day – to help it achieve the same sorts of success that were notched up last year.ADASS also fully endorses the views of Martin Green, Care England Chief Executive, former Care Minister Paul Burstow and David Cutler who, as director of the Barings Foundation helped sponsor the event.
Martin Green OBE, chief executive of Care England, said:
"Care Home Open Day is an important event to participate in. It is a great opportunity for the public to see the range of care services at the heart of their communities and for care homes to establish valuable connections.”
Burstow, former Care Minster, commented:
“Care Home Open Day is a great way of demystifying care. Many people have fears about care homes that are not based on experience. I hope more people than ever will cross the threshold of their local care home and find out what the team are doing to deliver great care."
Cutler, Director, The Barings Foundation, stated:
“‘The Baring Foundation has been focusing our arts funding on work in care homes as we believe it has the power to give meaning, purpose and joy to anyone working or living there. We are delighted that this is one of the themes for this year’s Care Home Open Day and would like to encourage everyone to get involved.”
According to ADASS President Ray James, the annual event “is an important way in which the care industry can show the incredible amount of dedicated work that goes into caring for many thousands of older people. It is particularly important that this year’s theme includes valuing staff.
“A well-paid, well-trained and well-appreciated workforce is the rock on which all the valuable things we care about in care are founded. It isn’t too much to say that if we fail to care for our staff, we ultimately fail to care for the people they are responsible.
“So along with the colleagues quoted above, and on behalf of DASSs everywhere, I full endorse and support the National Carehome Day and urge as many of those as are able to do so as well.”
For further information contact
Ray James, 020 8379 4160
Drew Clode, 020 8348 5023 mob: 07976 837755
The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) represents directors and senior managers of adult social services departments in English local authorities. Directors (DASSs) have statutory responsibilities for the social care of older people, adults with disabilities and adults with mental health needs.
In many authorities ADASS members will also share a number of responsibilities for the provision and/or commissioning of housing, leisure, libraries, culture, and community safety on behalf of their councils. More than a third of DASSs are also the statutory director of children’s services for their authority.