New guidance on home care visits  



A new guidance says, carers should spend at least 30 minutes on home visits to older people in England as part of a new gold standard for services…reports Asian Lite news.

support_carersThe National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidance follows reports of carers making visits of 15 minutes and less.

NICE recommends a package of measures, which also includes ensuring people’s carers are not changed too frequently.

But it acknowledged extra money would be needed to fund the measures, says BBC News.

Earlier this week, 20 organisations, including charities, care providers and the NHS, published a joint submission to the Treasury ahead of the government’s Spending Review in November to urge ministers to protect social care as is being done for the NHS, BBC News reports.

This is the first time NICE has issued guidance to the social care sector – The guidance recommends: no visits of less than 30 minutes, except for follow-ups to a longer visit earlier in the day, for example to check if someone has taken medicine; ensuring people know their carers, using the same ones as much as possible carers be trained to recognise and respond to health problems such as dementia and diabetes greater coordination between the NHS and care services ;older people be told in advance if their carer is going to be late or not turn up – and plans put in place for those at risk

NICE deputy chief executive Prof Gillian Leng said good quality home care could actually save money as it was less expensive than “care homes or hospitals”.

“Without good support, older people can suffer from social isolation, malnutrition or neglect,” she told BBC News.

“They may also be at risk of injuring themselves, perhaps from a fall or other accident.”

Care Minister Alistair Burt said he wanted to see the sector provide “great care”.

“This guidance will not only provide reassurance for countless families who rely on this care but for the thousands of workers who want the time and support to be able to give people the care they deserve,” he told BBC.