Sunday the 6th of July saw south Yorkshire join together to welcome the Tour de France to the UK for the first time in 7 years. Stage 1 of the tour began on Saturday with the cyclists travelling 190km from Leeds to Harrogate, which was then proceeded by a lengthy 201km Stage 2, from York to the heart of Sheffield on the following day. The city was well prepared for the event with bikes painted yellow scattered around the city as well as bunting and flags displayed on route.
Unfortunately the problem with an event such as this was the fact that many roads around Sheffield were forced to close, which would inevitably disrupt travel into and around the city. The route mapped out for stage 2 saw cyclists travel through the north west of the city, travelling south towards the finish at Attercliffe common.
The worry for us here at Home Instead was that the inevitable road closures and delays along the route would result in home care services being disrupted. CAREGivers who would be most affected would be those travelling to provide care and support to clients based in north Sheffield. The thought of clients not receiving their regular support was something that was hard to swallow.
Planning however had been put into place by care managers and staff coordinators to prevent such disruptions from occurring. Home Instead always provide CAREGivers with round the clock office support, whether this is late at night or over the weekends, they are always available to contact someone on the out of hours number with any problems or emergencies that could arise during care.
Monday morning commenced with the usual meeting with regards to the weekend’s occurrences; however strangely enough, there was nothing to report! The Tour de France had not disrupted any of our care services what so ever, and not a single CAREGiver reported any problems when travelling to clients. Bryn Evans franchise owner of Home Instead Sheffield commented “I was very pleased to see that our clients were able to receive their home care as usual. Our office staff have worked tirelessly to coordinate and plan where CAREGivers needed to be on that day, so that we weren’t inundated with calls from CAREGivers and clients in distress. I would like to thank all of our office team and CAREGivers for their efforts, as it just goes to show that we will do anything to give our clients the care they need”.