09 Jul Glad to care: Hidden heroes
ESS puts a spotlight on the Glad to Care initiative, which seeks to recognise the courage and sacrifice of those in the care industry at this difficult time, while highlighting means by which care homes may be able to increase their resilience to crises like COVID-19.
A moment of reverence
The Glad to Care initiative was launched in 2018 as a symbol of appreciation and respect towards UK care workers who are rarely granted the same press coverage as other essential services, but perform a job no less essential.
The scheme uses a variety of community engagement activities to raise awareness of the duties of care workers and stories of those they help and support on a daily basis. Each day this week has been given a specific designation within the scheme beginning with Monday Motivation, consisting of a share remoted fitness session that saw nearly 2,000 residents from 180 different care homes take part.
Each day this week has its own specific focus, with today’s being Webinar Wednesday, named for the dual webinars taking place, the first of which is aimed at teaching care homes to promote themselves more effectively-more important than ever in the wake of lockdown and its accompanying economic challenges.
Back in January of this year, Community Care reported that there had been a fall in public spending on adult social care in excess of 2% over the last decade. Funding reductions like this are challenging at the best of times however when coupled with the added financial pressures that COVID-19 has brought, they could spell disaster.
The topics under scrutiny for today’s webinars then could not be more pertinent but even with better promotion, care home professionals will still want to find ways to alleviate such pressures through improved spending habits and reduced spending overall.
Fortunately, there is a yawning pit in most care homes and businesses that less than 50% of the leaders of those organisations are aware of, one that waits to be explored and mined for potential savings. This abyss refers to your on-site energy consumption and efficiency, which, in a sector that uses electricity twenty-four hours a day, should be a major priority.
Whether it be negotiating the best prices for your energy purchases at source or retrofitting facilities with LED lighting to make sure that energy goes as far as possible, ESS considers each facility as a package and questions how one improvement can be married with others to give back value greater than the sum of its parts. ESS can additionally conduct an audit of your energy costs and seek out sources of over-consumption as well as potential areas of reduction.
Another major utility cost for facilities, and especially residential care homes, is the use of water and which, due to it having only been deregulated quite recently, is rarely explored as a means of making savings. ESS can provide guidance on water procurement strategy to ensure that care facility managers are not burning unnecessary funds in securing a water supply, ESS averages savings of 1-5% for its water procurement clients.
Finally, ESS also provides waste management services to care homes and has continued this service throughout lockdown, adjusting to dynamically for the increased levels of required hygienic vigilance in order to keep its clients and their residents safe.