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Support workers performed ‘snow’ mean feat last week delivering more than 1600 visits to vulnerable elderly people recently discharged from hospital, despite treacherous arctic conditions.

From Tuesday 28 February until Friday 2 March, Cambridgeshire County Council’s Reablement teams visited 881 people within Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire with 757 people being visited in East Cambridgeshire, Fenland and Huntingdonshire. The role of the Reablement Team is to provide support for a time limited period to enable someone to regain their independence and be able to carry out daily tasks like cooking, cleaning and self-care without needing anyone to help.  They are a very positive and energetic team who are highly committed to their work.

Many staff literally went the extra mile walking to elderly people’s homes when it had become difficult to drive safely because of the snow or freezing conditions. Others turned up for work even though it was their day off to help ensure vulnerable people received the support they needed.

We are currently expanding our reablement service so there’s a chance to join our team and enjoy the flexible working opportunities we offer as well as make a real difference to the people we support. A recruitment campaign is now under way so that the Council can meet the needs of increasing numbers of older people.

Cambridgeshire County Councillor Anna Bailey, Chairwoman of the Adults Committee, said: “We have an amazing and passionate reablement workforce committed to providing top level care for some of Cambridgeshire’s most vulnerable people. I’d like to say a massive thank you for their hard work and it is important for us all to recognise the work they did for people in our communities during freezing conditions and at times heavy snow.

“Reablement teams play a key role in helping to speed up elderly people’s return to home, which is understandably where they want to be. The staff work closely with their clients helping them to become independent again, reducing the need for ongoing adult social care.

“We are currently recruiting reablement workers across Cambridgeshire. If you would like to be part of an amazing team who change lives every day this is your chance. We are looking for individuals who are passionate about helping people to live independently again and we offer great benefits, you can gain qualifications as well as the chance to work locally and flexibly.”

To find out more about Reablement and the work teams do, watch this video here.

To apply for a post, click here.

 

Lynne Pope, reablement worker, going the extra mile on foot to care for elderly people

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