As many of us prepare for a well-earned Christmas and New Year break, can we spare a thought for those who will not get the same rest over the festive period – Scarborough’s social care workers.
Every year people quite rightly remember doctors, nurses and the emergency services, but often overlook those who will be ensuring that older and vulnerable people get the care they need.
Care doesn’t stop at Christmas, in fact it is even more vital during what can be a cold and lonely period for some people.
That daily knock on the door from a carer might be the only contact some people get at a time when everyone else is busy with family and friends.
People working in care homes will be sacrificing their time with family to ensure their residents are well looked after and happy. We must also remember unpaid carers who do a sterling job all year round, in all weathers.
During 2011 people have been quick to criticise shortcomings in social care, during a difficult period for the sector.
But let us instead raise a toast to those carers – paid and unpaid – who will be spread- ing some festive cheer to those who need it most this Christmas.