Severe weather: Adult social care staff "deserve respect and gratitude."

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services
Date: Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Embargo: Immediate

As the severe winter weather intensified throughout the country today, adult social care workers and their managers were given fulsome praise by ADASS President Jenny Owen. "Many have worked unstintingly to make sure that vulnerable and isolated people - sometimes living in isolated communities - are protected from the consequences of snow, ice, frost and cold," she said.

"These colleagues deserve our utmost respect and gratitude."

With themselves and their own families often affected by severe, inclement weather, social workers and care workers will have been involved in:

  • Supervising or overseeing the delivery of hot meals to older people living at home,
  • Working with families, neighbours and voluntary agencies to ensure that no older person living on their own was neglected or unvisited,
  • Liaising with local transport colleagues and voluntary agencies to ensure people with learning or physical disabilities were able, wherever possible, to access day services or other essential appointments,
  • In some extreme cases working with police services, making sure that overnight shelters were available, open, supplied and staffed up to deal with motorists stranded in blizzard conditions.

From Kent to Cumbria, Worcestershire to Wolverhampton, and Essex to the Scottish Borders "adult care staff have been closely involved in providing the vital community back up and support they have been trained to give," Ms Owen said. "We owe them all a massive vote of thanks."

Two examples Ms Owen singled out were:

  • Social workers in Cumbria who have worked closely with, and in turn had praised, the Kendal Mountain Rescue Team, who provided transport for care workers over six days, delivering care to service users who would otherwise have been at serious risk, when regular carers were snowed in over the Christmas week and unable to reach them.
     
  • Essential support and backing provided by home care workers in Worcestershire, working particularly with the Red Cross, in ensuring vital supply lines to were maintained.

ENDS

For further information contact:
Jenny Owen, ADASS President, 01245 434806
Drew Clode, ADASS Policy/Press Adviser, 020 8348 5023/07976 837755