Local MSP, Maree Todd visited Castle Gardens care home earlier this month to join their summer celebration during Care Home Open Week which ran from the 27th June – 3rd July 2022.
Care Home Open Week is a national annual event ran by Championing Social Care, with the purpose of connecting care homes with their local communities.
After an unprecedented and challenging couple of years due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Castle Gardens opened their doors to celebrate the week with residents, colleagues, friends, family and members of the local community.
Commenting, the Caithness, Sutherland & Ross MSP said:
“I had a lovely visit to Castle Gardens Care Home earlier this month.
“It was fantastic to have the opportunity to get together and celebrate Care Home Open Week, especially given the heartbreaking challenges of the last couple of years.
“It was a pleasure to meet the dedicated team who were also using the opportunity to promote career opportunities that are available in their home and in the sector.”
Maree Todd MSP adds:
“As a population we are enjoying longer lives but with that comes more complex care needs.
“This coupled with workforce shortages due to Brexit means there is an urgent need to attract compassionate folk to work within the sector.
“The Scottish Government recognises the essential role the workforce plays in people’s support and care but appreciates that more needs to be done to ensure those within the sector feel valued.
“The new National Care Service will address this by embedding fair work principles, with pay, terms and conditions, skills development and career pathways delivered across all providers and employers.
“If you are considering a job in adult social care, visit caretocare.scot to find out more about working in the sector.”
The National Care Service (Scotland) Bill was introduced to the Scottish Parliament on the 20 June, with the Scottish Government committing to establishing the service by the end of this parliamentary term.
The Scottish Government has committed to building a service that ensures everyone has access to consistently high-quality care and support and will:
- Transform people’s experience of social care support and related services, strengthen prevention and community-based support and reform access.
- Continue integrating community health and social care and strengthen partnerships working with other services and agencies.
- Ensure that individuals can participate in their care design.
- Ensure people’s needs are met holistically and driven by the outcomes that are important to them and their communities.
- Strengthen prevention, early intervention and end of life care