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Christmas is well and truly upon us with the likes of Mariah Carey and Frank Sinatra serenading us on every car journey. Bright lights and festive decor adorn our streets and horrendous queues at your local supermarket will be unavoidable for the next month, at least! 

For me, a mug of soup in front of the fire and some cheesy Christmas movies are my favourite comforts at this time of the year, but what about the challenges this season brings for some of us? What about those working within the care sector?

Over the last year and a half, COVID-19 has sadly taken many thousands of lives.  In particular; our older generation, people with underlying health conditions and those who need a special level of care that can only be provided in care homes or with home support.

Throughout the COVID- 19 pandemic care workers have done a phenomenal job to support and protect our loved ones. They have gone way above and beyond the call of duty to keep those they care for safe and well, when no one else was able to. 

I spoke to Registered Manager Janine Wiles of Kensey Care Services and Tavy Care Services about her thoughts during this busy time for her and her staff.  She had this to say:

“This Christmas my biggest concerns are for further restrictions being put in place due to COVID thus increasing the workload of an already pressurised work team. I am looking forward to carers being able to spend some time with their families over the festive period and to be able to bring a smile to the faces of those who are spending Christmas alone.

For the new year, I am hoping that there will be some normality for people and that the health and social care sector receives the support, and funding it so desperately needs to be able to carry on. I also wish for care workers to be recognised for the true professionals they are”.

The reality is thousands of people require care and support and not just on Christmas Day. As we approach a busy month ahead, these sectors face another crisis with huge shortages in the workforce.

Please share a thought for all of those who work in our vital emergency services this Christmas and for providing the care they do.

We wish you a safe and Merry Christmas, our thoughts are with you.

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