You might be familiar with the TV programme 15 Minute Makeover, but today presenter Claire Sweeney is taking part in a funny video with a serious message.
The video, commissioned by UNISON, is designed to show the absurdity of 15-minute care visits, as nearly two-thirds (65 per cent) of councils in England and Wales are still commissioning 15-minute care visits, according to figures from the union.
The findings are based on responses from more than 150 local authorities and include visits for handing out medication and for welfare checks.
“This film highlights the human indignity thousands of vulnerable and elderly people across Britain face," says UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis. “A care worker is often the only face people see. It sends a powerful message of the absurdity of giving care workers just fifteen minutes to support people.
“A fifteen minute visit is not enough time to get people showered, dressed and fed. However, government cuts to council care budgets mean this is the reality for many. Care workers just want to care but they’re forced to rush visits. Ministers must act now and invest properly in social care.”
Watch the video here:
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