We’ve called on existing staff to help and staff in adult care have stepped up with offers of support either through re-deployment or working extra hours on top of their normal roles.
One of them is social worker Danielle Green who is temporarily working shifts at Beechcroft Care Home in West Hallam as a carer.
The 29-year-old said:
“I have previous experience working as a community carer and felt these skills could be utilised to provide additional support to vulnerable members of the community.
“I was working from home and, although my previous role was supporting those in need, I felt I could do more practically to assist colleagues and clients who were in need of an extra pair of hands.
“I also knew my team would support in managing the workload to allow me to be redeployed.”
She now provides hands on support including personal care, help with dressing, eating and drinking – all while wearing full PPE which is provided to all staff who require it to stay safe in line with government guidelines.
“This role is more physically demanding in regards to meeting people’s care needs where as in my day job I am practically meeting people’s needs by assessing individuals and putting in place services and support.
“However they are very similar as it involves being able to communicate effectively with clients, colleagues and other professionals, managing risk and ensuring people’s care and support needs are met effectively and safely and building trust and rapport quickly.
“Doing this has given me the opportunity to help both colleagues and clients and feel like I am contributing during a difficult time.”