Leonard Cheshire Disability launches petition to put an end to 15 minute homecare calls

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At least 34 councils in England admit they continue to commission 15-minute visits for personal care, despite official guidance saying they shouldn’t do so.

Thousands of disabled people are still receiving rushed homecare visits that force them to choose between having a cup of tea and going to the loo. 15 minutes is not long enough to support people with dignity and compassion and we want to put a stop to these flying care visits.

Leonard Cheshire Disability has found that at least 30,000 disabled and older people may be receiving 15-minute home care visits.

Natasha Jetha policy and research officer at Leonard Cheshire Disability said; “We need your help to tell the care minister David Mowat to take action to ensure social care is properly funded and put an end to these rushed care visits.

 

“Our Make Care Fair campaign asks councils to put an end to commissioning 15-minute care visits for support with personal care – that’s things like washing, dressing and eating.

“Flying care visits are hugely distressing for disabled people who receive them. A visit this short can often leave someone forced to choose between having a cup of tea and going to the loo. That’s a choice no-one should ever have to make.

“With the help of the public, our campaign has had some big successes already. In April 2015 the Care Act came into force, and with it came guidance that councils shouldn’t commission short visits for personal care. Following this, a number of councils stopped commissioning flying care visits.

“However, our most recent research found at least 34 councils admitted they continue to commission 15-minute visits for personal care.

“In total, we found at least 30,000 disabled and older people in England are still receiving 15-minute home care visits. Half of these people live in the 34 council areas which admit to still using 15-minute care visits for tasks such as washing, dressing and eating.We think it is unacceptable that inappropriate short care visits are still being commissioned by councils. Most of us need at least 40 minutes to get up, washed, dressed and to have some breakfast in the morning. Visits as short as 15 minutes are undignified and unfair.

“That’s why it’s vital that councils who continue to commission these visits make it a priority to review their behaviour. At the same time, the government must take responsibility to adequately fund the system so that councils are not forced to ration vital care.

Take action and support the campaign by writing to the care minister to ask him to put a stop to rushed care visits.

Please follow this link to sign the petition

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