The residential care system is failing the elderly, says UNISON

branch-squareElderly and vulnerable people in residential care homes are being left in re-used continence pads, denied trips to the toilet and kept indoors for days on end because of severe staff shortages, according to a survey published by UNISON.

The vast majority (83 per cent) of care workers say they are so rushed they are compromising the dignity and well-being of the people they look after. This is despite many staff (80 per cent) regularly working through their breaks.

The findings are based on survey responses from more than 1,000 care staff working in private and local authority care homes across the UK.

Further information on the survey can be found here