UK care workers have been applauded for battling this week’s weather to continue delivering support to vulnerable people.
Staff in care homes and those delivering homecare defied the “beast from the east” and storm Emma to maintain services.
Some slept overnight in care homes, while others walked through blizzards to reach their clients.
Sharon Allen, chief executive of Skills for Care, opened the organisation’s conference on Thursday by saluting those who had been struggling tenaciously to “do what they do day in, day out”.
Care workers also earned praise from England’s chief nursing officer, Jane Cummings, and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services.
Thank you to all the nurses, midwives and care staff who together with so many other clinical and non-clinical staff are doing so much to get to work and to patients’ homes to provide care and support in this weather. Stay safe and thank you.
— Jane Cummings (@JaneMCummings) March 1, 2018
On day of the Public Accounts Committee on Social Care Workforce, humble and huge admiration for the care staff out today in hideous weather giving vital care and support. You are the backbone of a civilised society. Thank you.
— ADASS (@1adass) February 28, 2018
Homecare provider Hales Care told how staff had battled to reach clients. Managing director Nicola Mewse said 4x4s had been out collecting stranded workers, other staff had walked their rounds and those unable to get to their usual workplaces had been calling in at other venues.
“Families and branch staff are working together to make sure that everyone is kept safe in these most treacherous of conditions,” she added.
On Twitter, the hashtag #snowheroes has been trending, and includes many stories of care workers’ dedication in the face of the worst winter weather for years. Here’s a selection of the tweets.
A big shout out to all our staff who were able to get to work this morning. We've heard of colleagues staying over night at work so they could be here and a creche at The Russets being set up to look after colleagues' children. You are all Snow Heroes! #SnowHeroes #WeAreSMT
— St Monica Trust (@St_Monica_Trust) March 2, 2018
— Huw J David (@HuwJDavidCC) March 2, 2018
A huge thank you to the staff at Tenlands who have gone above this week. They have walked to work, having abandoned their cars to ensure they can look after the Residents, cleared pathways and ventured out for supplies of bread and milk #kindcare #snowheroes
— HC-One (@HC_One) March 2, 2018
Respecting our colleagues struggling through snow to get to work. We are reliant upon their commitment & dedication because what we do never stops.
Big thank you to all @DimensionsUK colleagues working today and to all those working in social care #SnowHeroes @VODGmembership
— Steve Scown (@SScown) March 1, 2018
Up and down #Scotland regardless of #REDWARNING or #AmberAlert #carestaff are getting to vulnerable people in their homes and #carehomes. We owe you so much and reward you so little. Thank you #careaboutcare
— Donald Macaskill (@DrDMacaskill) March 1, 2018
One of my care staff walked 1 hour and 45 minutes, though heavy snow, as there are no buses in Edinburgh this morning at 7am to get to one of our vulnerable ASD/epileptic clients. Huge respect to all of the care staff out there #autism #BeastFromTheEast pic.twitter.com/xiLN6S0FA3
— Edge Autism (@EdgeAutism) March 1, 2018