The charity Leonard Cheshire Disability has discovered that short care visits to elderly and disabled people are becoming more common. Their report shows that 60% of councils in England use 15-minute visits, which are more often than not too short to provide adequate care.
Care Minister Norman Lamb has responded by saying it would be inappropriate for the government to ban short visits completely, because they can be useful in selected circumstances. The Care Bill will be amended to require councils to focus on each individual’s wellbeing when organising care. This should avoid the commissioning of inappropriately short care visits which are inhumane, and which can place undue pressure on both customers and home care workers.
‘Disgraceful” short care visits on rise, says charity. London: BBC Health News, October 7th 2013.
This relates to:
Ending 15-minute care. London: Leonard Cheshire Disability, October 2013.
Flying Visits Remain in 2016
Research by the union Unison has identified the persistence of 15-minute home care visits.
Triggle, N. (2016). Short home care visits ‘plague system’. London: BBC Health News, January 29th 2016.