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Supported Housing Visits 'Must Last At Least Thirty Minutes'

I read today the following by Jon at the Mood Nudges Blog:

'Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale 'The Emperor's New Clothes' tells the story of a rich ruler who commissioned a new suit of clothes from a pair of swindling tailors who sold him garments they claimed would appear invisible to those who were 'unfit for their positions, stupid or incompetent'.

When the clothes were 'delivered', everyone from the Emperor down sycophantically pretended they could see them, for fear of being labelled unfit, stupid or incompetent, leading to the rich man parading around town without a stitch on.

Only one citizen, a young boy, was sufficiently brave to point out what everyone else thought, but was too frightened to say.

In the words of Danny Kaye's re-telling of the story in a song written by Frank Loesser, he exclaimed, 'Look at the King, Look at the King!...

The King is in the altogether...' '

It made me think about today's story concerning care and support hours and how carers should in the future spend a minimum of thirty minutes with each person they visit.

It seems as if the 'boy' has finally spoken in this debate in the guise of The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and the twenty organisations, including charities, care providers and the NHS, who have published a joint submission to the Treasury.

All around people have known that to simply spend fifteen minutes in the presence of someone vulnerable offering 'care' is nigh on impossible, but have kept quiet or whispered their discontent.  It sometimes takes longer than fifteen minutes just to enter a place, greet someone and get ready for a task, if humanity is at the core of the matter.

The hope here is that we all put our hands in the air and openly acknowledge that the king is as naked, as support is as inhumane, in the under thirty minutes status.  Whilst budgetary constraints have to be acknowledged, doesn't this area of community commitment deserve better?

UK Homecare Association chief executive Bridget Warr, who chaired the group of experts behind the guidance, said while some elements of the guidance would not cost extra, more money was needed to afford what was being recommended.  'We cannot duck the issue,' she added.

Hooray!  The 'king' has been outed.

We cannot duck the issue.