Responding to UNISON’s survey on 15 minute homecare visits Ray James, President of ADASS, said:

“First and foremost there should always be enough time to ensure elderly and disabled residents receive appropriate care that is provided in a dignified and respectful way. In addition, dedicated frontline staff should always feel that they have enough time to do their jobs and deliver high quality care.

“There are a limited number of cases where short visits might be appropriate, such as ensuring medication is taken on time, but this is only as part of a care plan that ensures growing numbers of older and disabled people get the care and support they need each and every day of their lives.


“Unison is right to be concerned about the financial crisis facing the sector and this is set to become an increasing challenge, with people living longer, often with more complex needs and additional costs such as the announcement of the living wage which, while welcome, will inevitably increase the cost of care.”



 CONTACT: Neil Durham, ADASS media office, 020 7664 3239

Editorial Notes

The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) represents directors and senior managers of adult social services departments in English local authorities. Directors (DASSs) have statutory responsibilities for the social care of older people, adults with disabilities and adults with mental health needs.

In many authorities ADASS members will also share a number of responsibilities for the provision and/or commissioning of housing, leisure, libraries, culture, and community safety on behalf of their councils. More than a third of DASSs are also the statutory director of children’s services for their authority.