Many people who require care at home are being forced to choose between staying thirsty and going to the toilet, according to a report issued by charity Leonard Cheshire Disability.
The report (issued Monday 7 October 2013) states that two-thirds of local councils are commissioning 15 minute visits despite major concerns that they deprive people of essential care and that over the past five years visits of 15 minutes or less has risen by 15 per cent.
As a result of their findings, Leonard Cheshire Disability is lobbying government to introduce a minimum visit time of 30 minutes.
Alzheimer's Society comment:
'Domiciliary care should not be just about doing tasks to people. Home care should be about good quality care, designed to meet a person's needs, rather than rigid time schedules.
'For the 800,000 people with dementia across the UK, care at home is a lifeline that enables them to remain independent and stay living in the community for longer. Visits lasting fifteen minutes or less cannot possibly provide people with the dignified good quality care and wider support they need and deserve.'
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