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Care staff praised as councillors make special visit

13 September 2021

Councillors and staff at Leighton House Care Homes. ​Care home staff have been hailed by Rochdale Borough Council’s cabinet member for adult care for their ongoing work to protect residents from COVID-19.

Councillor Iftikhar Ahmed was speaking after he and his assistant, Councillor Billy Sheerin, visited Leighton House Care home in Rochdale to chat with care workers.

The councillors heard at first-hand about the care and support frontline staff have provided for residents throughout the pandemic.

From day one, the council ensured that care homes in the borough were given as much support as possible. This included ‘step-down’ facilities to keep residents being discharged from hospitals out of care homes, regular supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE), funding to help maintain staffing levels and support with infection control measures.

In addition thousands of staff recently received a pay boost, after the council introduced the real living wage for frontline care workers.

Councillor Ahmed said: “Throughout the pandemic we have safely visited a number of care homes to thank staff in person for the wonderful work they are doing to support residents. All our care staff deserve a huge thanks, they have led from the front throughout the pandemic to care for residents, and provide the best possible protection from the virus. As cabinet member for adult care, I am proud of everything they have done, and continue to do, to ensure older and vulnerable residents are provided with the best possible care and support.”

Maggie Welsby, care home manager at Leighton House Care Home, said: “We have always had an excellent partnership in place with the council, none more so than during the COVID-19 pandemic. The close working enabled us to take robust action from day one to put the best possible protection in place for our residents.”

Maggie added: “Everything we have asked for has been provided by the council, including protective equipment, infection control measures and support to help staff isolate following a positive test. It was really nice of the councillors to call in to chat with our team and thank them in person. Our work to protect and support residents continues, round the clock.”