Two industry bodies have declared the launch of Homecare Day to celebrate the contribution of home care support across the UK.
Taking place on Wednesday, December 4, Homecare Day will see the launch of an online campaign that will raise awareness of the role of domiciliary care services in supporting older and disabled people.
United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) and Scottish Care are calling for organisations and individuals to join them on social media in raising the profile and value of home care support using the hashtag #homecareday19.
Homecare 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.
Dr Jane Townson, CEO of UKHCA, said: “Homecare 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 combatting loneliness through to supporting people with increasingly complex conditions homecare 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 working in care services, as well as their views on the future developments for the sector – please join us at: #homecareday19.”
Dr Donald Macaskill, CEO of Scottish Care, added: “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 homecare 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.”