Laura Sharman 19 June 2017

Care workers warn the dignity of residents is being compromised by cuts

Care workers warn the dignity of residents is being compromised by cuts image

Severe staff shortages in residential care homes are denying elderly people the most basic levels of care, according to a survey of care workers.

The survey, conducted by Unison, found 83% of care workers said they are being forced to compromise the dignity of the people they are looking after due to their workload.

More than a quarter of those surveyed said they are often too busy to take people to the toilet, with 32% saying there is not enough time to help them wash their hair.

The majority (83%) said they were unable to have a quick chat with residents or take them outside for some fresh air.

The survey also revealed 27% of care workers said they were being forced to ration equipment such as wheelchairs, wet wipes, gloves, continence pads and hoists due to budget cuts.

Unison general secretary Dave Prentis said: ‘The care system is failing the elderly and the vulnerable – and those staff struggling to provide the best support possible.

‘Significant change needs to happen if respect and dignity are to be restored and standards improved in care homes.’

The trade union is urging councils to adopt its new residential care charter to help raise levels of care.

The power of local systems to save lives image

The power of local systems to save lives

Councils and their partners could do even more to contain the spread of COVID-19 if properly funded to undertake a robust localised system of testing, tracking and tracing, argues Professor Donna Hall.
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Head of Programme Management Office

Hoople Recruitment
£55.001 - £59.609
The role of the Head of Programme Management Office is the lead professional advisor to the Council on the delivery of... Hereford, Herefordshire
Recuriter: Hoople Recruitment

Hylands Manager

Chelmsford City Council
£43,836 - £48,309
We are looking for the right person with the vision, drive and energy to meet the high expectations the Council has for Hylands House. Chelmsford, Essex
Recuriter: Chelmsford City Council

Partnership Coordinator

The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council
£31,800 - £43,000 per annum
Are you passionate about making connections between people and making things happen? Kensington and Chelsea, London (Greater)
Recuriter: The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council

Business Support Assistant

City of York Council
£18,360 to £19,477 per annum
The successful candidates will be dealing with highly confidential and sensitive information about vulnerable service users. York, North Yorkshire
Recuriter: City of York Council

Campaigns Lead

Barnet London Borough Council
£38,799.00 - £43,590.00 Per Annum
We are looking for an experienced communications and campaigns professional with a strong public sector or health background. Colindale, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Barnet London Borough Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue