A spotlight on 24 hours in social care with adult care tweetathon

3 March 2017

Derbyshire residents have the chance to find out more about a day in the life of our adult care team as a Twitter takeover is being planned for 9 March 2017.

Our Twitter feed will be dedicated to showcasing examples of a typical day in the life of staff across the county.

Our adult social care department provides services to more than 17,000 older disabled and vulnerable residents across the county ranging from home care, day care and residential care to specialist care for people with dementia.

We run 22 older people's homes and community care centres and commissions 215 supported living schemes to help people live independently.

Our Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care Councillor Paul Smith said:

"Our adult care department works tirelessly to provide services and support to a wide range of people across Derbyshire.

"This is a great chance for Derbyshire residents to get a flavour of the varied work that happens every day in the county."

One of the staff members who will be involved is Tom Cotterill, a liaison social worker based at the Hartington Unit at Chesterfield Hospital.

He's one of a team of social workers who work to support people who are ready to be discharged from hospitals across the county and beyond.

Tom said:

"I'm pleased to be involved in 24 hours in adult care as it gives people the chance to see the type of work we do on a daily basis.

"Working in social care is a demanding, varied role but one that offers great rewards for everyone involved."

Other tweets will follow the work of our Handy Van service which provides practical support to help older and vulnerable people live independently in their own homes.

This can range from changing light bulbs and installing key safes to fitting grab rails, smoke alarms and offering trips and falls advice.

There will also be a focus on the work of our direct carers who provide care in peoples own homes as well as following staff at one of our residential care homes.

This year's council tax increase includes an extra 2% specifically to help fund adult care services - this will raise £5.6m in Derbyshire.

However, the extra 2% will only partially protect the service, which is facing a cut of £12.2m in the year ahead.

Follow a day in the life of adult care on our Twitter feed (opens in a new window) @Derbyshirecc using the hashtag #CareForDerbyshire.

Find out more about our care worker recruitment.