Festivities: Please keep an eye on lonely

Before we all begin to enjoy a break this Christmas and New Year, I wanted to ask your readers to spare a thought for others less fortunate.

There will be some older and vulnerable residents who do not have many family and friends to enjoy the festive period with and it is easy to forget them.

I would ask your readers to look out for anyone who might be lonely this Christmas and take the time to call in on them from time to time.

And we should also remember our carers this Christmas. Many carers, paid and unpaid, will get very little break and will be working extra hard to ensure people get the care they need.

A daily knock on the door from a homecarer might be the only contact some people get at a time when everyone else is celebrating with family and friends. And in care homes too, staff will be working round the clock to ensure that people enjoy a happy Christmas and New Year period.

Carers don’t always get the recognition that they deserve and if I have a hope for 2015 it is that we all start to better appreciate the excellent job that they do.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all!

Mike Padgham,


Independent Care Group

(York and North Yorkshire)