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‘Too busy’ care staff leaving residents unwashed, Unison says

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Some care homes are failing to provide basic resident care needs because of cuts, a new report by Unison has found.

The Damage: Care in Crisis report says some care home residents are going without showers and regular visits to the toilet, or they are being left in wheelchairs because staff are too busy to help them into chairs.

Unison head of local government Heather Wakefield said: “Cuts have left a trail of destruction and this is affecting those in desperate need of care.

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“Care workers do a vital job looking after the most vulnerable in society. But they’re not getting the support they need from their employers.

“Everyone deserves decent care in their old age. But if the government doesn’t act now millions of people will be left facing a bleak and uncertain future.”

The report is based on a survey of more than 1,000 staff across the UK working in homecare, residential support and day services, and those looking after those with chronic healthcare conditions such as dementia.

More than three in five (63%) of those who responded to the survey said they had less time to spend with the people they care for because of staff shortages. Nearly two thirds (65%) are doing their job alongside fewer staff than six years ago.

More than a third (36%) said the rationing of supplies and cutting corners had increased as a result of budget cuts. Essentials such as bed sheets, incontinence pads and wipes are being rationed, according to the report.

One worker who took part in the survey said: “I see clients whose health has deteriorated because not enough time is being spent with them.”

To read the report, click here.

 

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