Ensuring care was delivered

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I must pay tribute to all those working in the homecare sector for battling through the current dreadful weather to ensure older and vulnerable people continue to get the care they need.

We have heard many reports of homecarers walking miles to reach their clients who would otherwise have been cut off from such vital contact by the snow.

In treacherous weather we think of those, like snow plough drivers and the emergency services, who brave the elements to help. To that list, I want to add those who have sacrificed their own comfort to ensure care was delivered.

For some that homecare visit might be their only human contact and indeed, a visit by a carer to someone who has fallen or been taken ill could even be a matter of life or death.

There is, understandably, sometimes criticism when standards of care fall short but today we should thank those going that extra mile - paid or unpaid - for their commitment and determination to provide vital homecare.

Mike Padgham

Chairman, Independent Care Group (York and North Yorkshire)

Chairman, United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA)

Eastfield House