As we approach Freedom day on the 19th of July, it’s a good time to reflect on what has been without question one of the toughest years for people working in care. Being at the front line, they have selflessly carried on working in nursing and residential homes looking after the vulnerable without a second thought to their own mental health. Anxiety levels and worrying about taking the virus home were put aside-whilst they continued to care for others.
Recognising this, Glad to Care Awareness Week is a celebration of our resilient care workers. The aim is to show appreciation for the extraordinary contributions that carers make to the lives of recipients of care and reassuring families currently looking for care, and in turn resulting in improving occupancy for care providers.
Launched in 2018 the Glad to Care campaign was designed to boost the profile of carers, who work extremely hard with very little public recognition. The campaign’s aim was to show carers that they are appreciated and to raise their morale. For 2021 the organisers behind the campaign, Person Centered Software, wanted to create an awareness week dedicated to celebrating those who work in the care sector, following an incredibly trying period for the industry – and invite other care providers to get involved.
Their campaign aim with Glad to Care Awareness Week is to shine a light on all of the incredible work that’s been done, and continues to be done, within the social care industry, and to provide the public with support on how best to choose a care home for their loved one.
Running from Monday 5 to Friday 9 July, there are many ways to get involved and say why you’re Glad to Care throughout the week. From Motivational Monday kick starting your week with a virtual dance session, to rounding off the week with Feel Good Friday and a virtual fitness class.
The campaign is encouraging carers to get involved sharing your feel good moments on social media using the hashtag #GladtoCare For more information on what’s happening, visit www.carersweek.org/?cmp=activity
On a final note and crucial to carers, is the advancing role that modern technology plays in providing virtual support when you can’t be there. Offering round the clock peace of mind, alarms, sensors and even video monitoring provide remote eyes and ears that loved ones aren’t in danger – especially comforting in the middle of the night. You can find out more here http://bit.ly/solutionstohelp