Failing care homes deny residents a toilet break : Morning Star

ELDERLY and vulnerable people are being left in reused incontinence pads and denied trips to the toilet by Britain’s broken residential care system, care workers revealed yesterday.

An investigation by care union Unison found that many of those too vulnerable to remain in their own homes are being denied the most basic levels of care because of severe staff shortages.

More than 1,000 care workers were surveyed — two-thirds in the private sector and the rest in local authority homes.

A mammoth 83 per cent said they feel so rushed they are compromising the dignity and well-being of the people they look after — despite four-fifths regularly working through their breaks.

One respondant said: “It’s horrible working twelve and a half hour shifts, running around, and at the end of your shift you haven’t completed all your duties, let alone spent five minutes with a resident without being called away to do something else.



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