Plaid Cymru AM Lindsay Whittle has managed to secure a change in the law to make sure care visits to people’s homes last a minimum of 30 minutes.
An amendment tabled to the Regulation and Inspection (Wales) Bill by the Caerphilly-based AM, and supported by fellow Assembly Members, will ensure that domiciliary care visits to people’s homes will be extended from 15 minutes.
Other amendments put forward by Lindsay Whittle, and passed, include regulations to enable people to remain in their own homes for as long as possible and to ensure service providers carry out workforce planning and training. The cultural and spiritual needs of individuals will also have to be considered, as well as physical and mental needs.
The bill is set to become law next year but a bid to prevent service providers from employing staff on zero hours contracts was lost.
Lindsay Whittle, who represents South Wales East, said: “I’m delighted that fellow Assembly Members have supported my efforts to improve the quality of care provided for people living in residential homes, as well as their own homes.
“It is particularly important that care visits to people will now be a minimum of 30 minutes in duration. I’ve never believed that a quick 15 minutes visit was satisfactory because so little can be done in that time to deal with the care needs of an individual.”
Efforts to ban service providers from employing staff on zero hours contracts were voted down alongside a proposal for care companies to have whistleblowing policies in place to protect staff who notice examples of unacceptable standards of care.