Research by the union Unison has identified the persistence of 15-minute home care visits, which are too short for all but the most minimal “flying visits”. Such short home care visits are acceptable, for example, when dropping by to ensure a client has taken medication, but they are widely recognised as being hopelessly inadequate for help with washing, dressing or eating.
Triggle, N. (2016). Short home care visits ‘plague system’. London: BBC Health News, January 29th 2016.
The report reveals that 74% of councils in England commission 15 minute home care visits, in contravention of NICE guidance stipulating that visits shorter than half an hour should only occur as part of a wider package of support for patient wellbeing.
Councils still insisting on 15 minute homecare visits. London: Unison, January 29th 2015.
This relates to:
Suffering alone at home: a UNISON report on the lack of time in our homecare system. London: Unison, January 27th 2016.