Once again it is being highlighted in the news about the short homecare visits that are the scourge of the homecare system. In their recent report ‘Suffering alone at Home’ Unison highlighted that as many as 74% of local authorities limit their homecare visits for their elderly, ill and disabled to only 15 minutes. Their data was based on an online survey to 1100 homecare workers and data obtained from a freedom of information request to the 152 local authorities in England that commission social care. 61% of the Carers commented that they frequently had to rush the care of people over 90 years old!
Here at Home Instead Stevenage and North Herts David, Lorraine and I believe that good quality care takes longer than 15 minutes. One of our clients loves to have a bacon roll and a cup of tea for his breakfast, another likes a hot meal prepared from scratch for dinner. How can this possibly be achieved in 15 minutes. That’s why at Home Instead we would never deliver a ‘flying visit’ instead we believe in a different way, with our homecare visits typically lasting a minimum of one hour because we simply don’t believe that quality homecare can be delivered in less time. Care that passes the mum test, i.e the standard of care you would expect for your own loved ones, needs time and cannot be rushed.
Here at Home Instead we want to change the face of aging and how care is delivered in the UK. We do that by recruiting people who have empathy and compassion. You don’t need to be already working in Care you could be someone who has cared for a relative; a retiree looking for some part time work or someone who just has a big heart and wants to give something to society. If that sounds like you, find out more about becoming one of our CAREGivers by calling us on 01462 600462 or click here to complete a CAREGiver Enquiry form and we will get in touch.