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.

Maintaining performance image

Maintaining performance

The 15 strongest performing councils in adult social care have been highlighted in IMPOWER’s latest productivity INDEX. Ralph Cook looks at the results.
Revolutionising mental health image

Revolutionising mental health

Cllr Jasmine Ali explains how Southwark Council is putting plans into action to revolutionise children’s mental health in Southwark.
SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Plant and Motor Vehicle Technician - numerous

Kirklees Metropolitan Council
£24,799 - £26,317
You will carry out vehicle inspections, servicing, maintenance and repairs to vehicles and plants operated by Kirklees Council in... Kirklees, West Yorkshire
Recuriter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Director of Housing, Economic Development and Planning

Cheshire West & Chester
Up to £98,000
This is an exciting and challenging role and we are looking for a candidate with a significant track record and an appetite for delivering... Cheshire
Recuriter: Cheshire West & Chester

Head of Economic Growth

Cheshire West & Chester
Up to £66,800
This is an exciting and challenging role and we are looking for a candidate with a significant track record and an appetite for... Cheshire
Recuriter: Cheshire West & Chester

Development Managers x 8

Surrey County Council
£61,463- £69,541 per annum
At Surrey County Council, we believe that property can play a key role in unleashing improvements and transformation in our frontline services. Kingston Upon Thames
Recuriter: Surrey County Council

Contract Managers x 4

Surrey County Council
£71,252- £80,586 per annum
At Surrey County Council, we believe that property can play a key role in unleashing improvements and transformation in our front line services. Kingston Upon Thames
Recuriter: Surrey County 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