UK: Councils putting stricter time limits on elderly care

From BBC article:
"Most councils are imposing unreasonably short time limits on care for the elderly at home, according to the UK Homecare Association. In a survey, it found that an estimated 75% of councils expected carers to complete visits to elderly people in less than half an hour. Ten per cent imposed time limits of 15 minutes. Around 640,000 carers visit people in their homes across the UK on a daily basis, helping them with basic tasks like dressing, washing, and heating up meals. But as budgets tighten, increasing numbers are being told to clockwatch; having time limits set on visits.Around 640,000 carers visit people in their homes across the UK on a daily basis, helping them with basic tasks like dressing, washing, and heating up meals. But as budgets tighten, increasing numbers are being told to clockwatch; having time limits set on visits. In its survey, the UK Homecare Association heard from 739 companies providing care at people's homes, representing 90% of all local authority areas.


Dignity compromised

Many said even when staff were carrying out the most intimate of personal care, they were given such strict time limits that it became difficult to protect people's dignity; a third had issued formal warnings about the problem to councils."

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