My Dad's mum (my Nan) has been in Springwood care home in Sheffield for the past three years. The staff at the care home are fantastic and really seem to go the extra mile to care for my Nan and the other residents. One day I heard one of the staff, Tracy, talking to my nan as they were bathing her. Tracy was lovely with her and so caring and sensitive - I can't imagine it's easy to bathe a grown person. Tears came to my eyes, I was touched by the care and respect demonstrated. No one knew I was close to the bathroom door and could overhear what was being said, this wasn't a demonstration put on for my benefit.
So why are we concerned? The headlines over the past months have been filled with stories of MPs and the generous expenses they have been allowed to claim. At the same time, local newspapers are filled with stories of Council workers pay being changed. We are worried that morale of care workers who carry out difficult and challenging work with care, sensitivity, respect, empathy and utter professionalism will decline as pay cut loom.
So often it is those people, like carers, who work long unsociable hours at 'the coal face' yet receive a relatively poor financial return for the demanding job they do. We hope that the council recognise this and pay staff a good rate to keep staff like Tracy looking after people like my Nan.
"My Mum (my Nan)"
About: Springwood Springwood S5 8TN www.sheffcare.co.uk
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