Homecare staff look after our parents, our brothers and sisters, our friends. They help them to live independently and with dignity. But too often they are on low wages with a huge workload and simply not enough time to provide the best quality care.
I am backing the Ethical Care Charter which has been developed by UNISON, the public service union. You can see the full document here, but the objective of the charter is to establish a baseline for the safety, quality and dignity of care.
A nationwide survey of homecare staff revealed a system in crisis, with a committed but poorly paid and undervalued workforce. The standards recommended in the Charter look to create employment conditions that do not short-change clients, and ensure the recruitment and retention of a more stable workforce through more sustainable pay, conditions and training levels.
I think that Unison have set out some very reasonable proposals to help ensure a basic standard is maintained. All care workers should have decent pay and conditions so that they can focus on looking after the people that we care about.
Let me know in the comments below what you think about Unison's proposals.