West Sussex leader to work in care home

Louise Goldsmith, leader of West Sussex County Council (photo submitted).
Louise Goldsmith, leader of West Sussex County Council (photo submitted).

The leader of the county council will be working a shift in a care home to find out what life is like for workers and residents.

Louise Goldsmith will be working at Valerie Manor Care Home in Henfield for a day as part of West Sussex Care Month.

Sean Ruth, executive director communities and public protection and chief fire officer, and other senior councillors and staff are also taking part by spending time in care organisations around the county.

Cllr Goldsmith said: “I am really keen to experience first-hand what life is like for our care workers and residents of care homes. We all hear about the challenges faced in the care sector and I am keen to really see what the reality is really like.”

West Sussex Care Month aims to raise awareness about care and support available in the county.

Information about Carewise, the council’s funding advice scheme and about becoming a shared lives carer is available on the County Council’s website, social media sites, at events around the county and in libraries.

Peter Catchpole, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health, who is also undertaking a shift in a care home in Worthing, said: “This is the first West Sussex Care Month we have organised and is all about helping our residents to access information and advice to help them make the right choices.

“We all know it is easy to put off thinking about planning for our care but I hope people will take advantage of the month and find out more about planning for the future. Even if you don’t need the information immediately it is good to know where to turn when you do.”

For more information see www.westsussex.gov.uk/caremonth

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