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A new annual initiative to celebrate Care Workers

28 August 2018

Karolina Gerlich
Founding Director and CEO
National Association of Care and Support Workers

Professional Care Workers' Day, 4th of September 

Let’s celebrate all that is good about people who work in care – what better way to do that than to have a specific day to mark the occasion.

For too long people who work in care have been undervalued, despite care workers making up the majority of the adult social care workforce.

Delivering care is a skilled and unique profession that deserves recognition, respect and celebration. The skills and expertise care workers deliver every day makes a significant difference to the lives of people they work with and support. This is not always fully appreciated or understood until people experience the care first hand.

Social care is about helping people live better lives.

Care workers build relationships through which they are able to deliver person centred care. They are frequently the frontline of care enabling people to live the lives they wish to, whilst also assisting them to manage their health and social care needs.

Today's care workers exercise high levels of responsibility in many areas such as medication administration. They work with a range of health and care staff to achieve outcomes that are meaningful to the person they are supporting.

Many care workers are very often involved in following physio plans, exercise, diet and diary management and ensuring that the person feels well. The care and support they provide also takes place in a variety of settings.

Care workers go beyond giving the physical care that helps people; they provide companionship and psychological support. No value can be placed on the ability to make someone laugh or smile and make their day better.

The role is complex, requires high levels of patience and empathy

To be a care worker you need to enjoy working with people. Reward and recognition has improved but is still not valued from a monetary perspective. People go into care because they care, because they want to look after people and because making other people happy is one of the most rewarding jobs in the world.

Rightly significant emphasis is placed on valuing the people that are cared for and are supported. Valuing the care worker is vitally important too…. they are not exclusive…

From this year, every year on the 4th of September we will be celebrating Professional Care Workers' Day. It is going to be a celebration of Care Workers who aim to deliver fantastic care each and every day.

We are going to shout out loud, care workers are skilled professionals who need to be respected and valued more.

We want the industry to come together and applaud people that are there day in and day out, in the snow, scorching sun and pouring rain, at night, at Christmas and on Sundays.

We aspire to making care workers feel special for the awe-inspiring work that they do.

Let's all come together to celebrate care workers.

What will you do to demonstrate the value and recognition you place on the care worker?

Perhaps a kind word, a sweet treat, a party or a thank you card. Let's look after them as they look after other people all year round.

Get involved and celebrate this exciting new event by promote the initiative across your social media using the hashtag #ProfessionalCareWorkersDay

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