Letter: Help end 15 minute care visits
Date published: 19 January 2017
Help end 15 minute care visits
Thousands of disabled people are still receiving rushed hom ecare 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 many campaigners, families, friends and carers themselves 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.
Here in the North West, their research found 6,587 people received 15 minute visits last year and in April 2016 Rochdale Council replied to a freedom of information request on 15 minute home visits, stating that: 'Domiciliary support is provided if appropriate following an assessment of need. The support service provided is based on individual need and may on occasion be less than 15 minutes.'
Leonard Chesihre is calling on supporters 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.
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