A helping hand for Notts residents at Christmas
200 Nottinghamshire residents recovering from an illness or injury are continuing to receive a helping hand to regain their independence thanks to a specialist County Council service this Christmas and Boxing Day.
The Council’s START (Short Term Assessment and Reablement Team) team works with people in their own home who have had an injury, illness or have left hospital and are struggling with everyday tasks such as getting dressed and making a drink.
Around 60 support staff will be going into people’s homes on Christmas Eve and the two Christmas bank holidays to ensure people get the help they need and make sure they are continuing to make progress with regaining their skills and abilities.
Specialist support staff and therapists work with the people on an agreed programme to regain their skills for up to a six weeks and around 1,500 people in the county benefitted from the free service last year.
Three quarters of people who receive the service do not need care or support once their START plan comes to an end.
START workers also offer people ideas on doing things in a different way, make them aware of small items of equipment to make daily tasks easier and explain other kinds of help they could get and different ways they can pay for it.
The Council is investing in a further £80,000 for an extra 3.5 START posts from this October to March 2018 to meet winter pressures.
Councillor Stuart Wallace, Chair of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Adult Social Care and Health and Public Committee, said: “Care and support doesn’t have a day off at Christmas, so many of our START support workers will be helping people to get back on their feet whilst many of us tuck into our Christmas dinners.
“We should all spare a thought for those who sacrifice their Christmas Day to help others at this special time of year.”
Dianna Bell, 77 from Mansfield’s Forest Town, recently benefitted from the service. She said: “I couldn’t shake off the flu I had earlier this year and my husband was helping me more and more around the house. I got quite down about not being able to help myself.
“This service has changed my life as I no longer feel like someone who is being cared for as I’m now able to do things on my own like have a shower in the morning and make myself a cup of tea. It’s a joy to get some of my independence back.”