The Leader of West Sussex County Council will be finding out for herself what it’s like to be a care worker as part of the council’s West Sussex Care Month in October.
Louise Goldsmith is spending time at a care home in Upper Beeding this week to find out what daily life is like for both care workers and residents.
Sean Ruth, Executive Director Communities and Public Protection and Chief Fire Officer, and a number of other senior councillors and staff are also taking part in the ‘back to the floor’ event by spending time in local care organisations around the county.
Louise said: “I am really keen to experience first-hand what life is like for our care workers and residents of care homes. We all hear about the challenges faced in the care sector and I am keen to really see what the reality is really like.”
The visits are part of West Sussex Care Month from the County Council to raise awareness about care and support available in the county.
Local people can find out about:
- Carewise, the County Council’s care funding advice scheme to help residents plan their finances for later life
- information, advice and services available through the West Sussex Connect to Support website
- support and help available to unpaid carers
- how to become a Shared Lives Carer and help those in the community with dementia by providing respite care.
Information is available on the County Council’s website, social media sites, at events around the county, in libraries, on local radio and in local publications.
Peter Catchpole, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health, who is also undertaking a shift in a care home in Worthing, said: “This is the first West Sussex Care Month we have organised and is all about helping our residents to access information and advice to help them make the right choices.
“We all know it is easy to put off thinking about planning for our care but I hope people will take advantage of the month and find out more about planning for the future. Even if you don’t need the information immediately it is good to know where to turn when you do.”