Carers in Lincolnshire praised following snow blitz in January
Lincolnshire carers are being praised after figures show home care services to the county's elderly were maintained during January's snow and ice blitz.
The county council's executive member for Adult Social Care led the plaudits while also reminding neighbours to stay vigilant for vulnerable residents with the winter far from over yet.
Graham Marsh, portfolio holder for adult services at Lincolnshire County Council, said:"The difficult weather conditions during January were enough to inspire anyone to take a duvet day, whilst making it tricky for many others to get out and about.
"I'm therefore really proud that all our carers and social workers stuck so determinedly to their task of visiting the county's residents who rely on our services in their homes. To maintain the service during the recent appalling weather shows the dedication in Lincolnshire to looking after our rapidly growing elderly population.
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"Carers and Home Support Workers rose magnificently to the challenge, with some offering to help on their days off or by going out in pairs to remote areas, ensuring nobody was left at risk.
"However, the winter is far from over and, with cold temperatures likely to return, it's important that everyone in the community looks out for those who may need extra help. There may be vulnerable people not yet known to us as registered users of our services and we encourage everyone to support our teams by being a good neighbour and checking on anyone in your area."
A total of 3,531 people receive in-home services across Lincolnshire, with a great many receiving multiple visits at key times throughout the day. This means 79,038 separate visits per week by staff, who are either contracted to county council Adult Social Care or the authority's own teams helping people following a health or social care incident.
Carers provide a huge range of in-home care and support, including washing, dressing, assisting with medication and ensuring that meals and drinks are available.
Providers also kept in close contact with residents to offer reassurance and advise of adaptions to rotas, also rolling some visits into one to ensure nobody went without important services and that their safety was protected.