Half hour care visits for the elderly

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) announced this week that carers should spend at least 30 minutes on home visits with their elderly patients. NICE recommended a series of additional measures to boost care quality, such as training carers to recognise health problems, and ensure people have the same care giver whenever possible. This would allow for greater consistency of treatment and for patients to build up a good relationship with the carer.

We, at Prestige Nursing + Care are in agreement with any initiatives that would improve home care for the elderly and reduce the number of ‘flying care visits’ of 15 minutes or less. While laudable however, questions arise about the practicalities and implementation of this, as discussed last week on BBC Radio 5 Live by a panel with experience working in the industry. The social care sector continues to face huge financial pressures with a massive shortfall of funding and continued cuts. NICE’s guidance offers no explanation as to how these longer visits would be funded. Recent changes to the minimum wage and the EU ruling on travel times could already push local authorities, care providers and the sector to breaking point. Without being carefully thought out, this could be another nail in the coffin of social care but, with an ageing population and no sign of cuts letting up, few alternative solutions come to mind.

Improving the quality of care at home is something everyone should strive for. Home care has huge benefits for elderly wellbeing, and it provides company, stability and support for a huge range of tasks which helps people remain in their homes for longer. It is also less expensive than residential care.

If accepted, NICE’s guidelines could be a turning point for the care sector and transform the way the elderly are cared for. It would also be of benefit to health care and the NHS by reducing the reliance on this over-stretched organisation. But for it to work sustainably, a cohesive and stringent plan needs to be considered. Organisations, including care providers and the NHS, have already published a joint statement to the Treasury to urge them to protect social care, only if the government listens will the sector survive and advance.

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Jobs FAQs

What shifts or rotas are available for professional carers?

Our branches have a wide variety of hours and rotas which means it’s possible to find shifts that fit in with your life situation, whether you want a full time role or are just looking for a few hours a week. All that we ask is that you commit to the hours you can do two weeks in advance.

Do I need care experience to join?

Six months’ professional care experience is ideal - such as a domiciliary carer, care assistant, homecare worker, support worker or healthcare assistant. However, if you are new to care some branches do offer training leading to care certificates, so please contact the recruitment team to discuss on 0808 239 9716.

Do I need a driving licence?

A full clean driving is required for some roles, but not all. Job roles normally state if a driving licence is required, but if you are unsure then please contact the recruitment team on 0808 239 9716.

What pre-employment checks do you do?

To join Prestige Nursing & Care as a professional carer you will be required to apply for a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check, unless you are registered with the update service.

We can help you apply via your local branch. When you work with children and vulnerable adults a DBS check is a legal requirement. Find out more about DBS checks: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/disclosure-and-barring-service/about.

We also require two professional references, one of which should be your current or most recent employer.

Finally, you will be required to provide proof of eligibility to work in the UK, NI number, ID and proof of address. Your recruiter will talk you through all requirements and support you all the way.

What training do I need to complete before starting work?

You will need to complete both online e-learning modules and virtual training via Microsoft Teams. This is very flexible and can be completed from home as long as you have a compatible device. Find out more about the training we offer.

Is the training free?

Yes, the training is completely free.

Do you offer regular patterns of work?

Yes, our branches offer a wide variety of hours and shift patterns.

Will I be employed by Prestige Nursing & Care?

You would become a member of our team with a contract for services. You would be eligible for things like SSP and holiday, as well as a NEST workplace pension.

How old do you have to be to work as a carer?

You need to be 18 years old to join our care team and there is no upper age limit.

How often will I get paid?

We pay all our professional carers weekly.