Jemma is a community nurse whose father had dementia. She moved into her parents house for six months to ensure her dad got the care he deserved.
Skills for Care calculate that 23% of care workers in Kent are on zero-hours contracts. In the last seven years, care worker pay has dropped below that of cleaners.
For Jemma the flying visits were the last straw – seeing her disorientated father expect to be woken, dressed and fed in such a short space of time was distressing. Negotiating the care plan he needed took hours of phone calls and put huge stress on Jemma’s mum.
Your Tory County Councillor thinks this is good enough. We don’t.
Naomi Smith believes Kent County Council needs to change. Labour wants to end 15-minute visits and ensure KCC pay all care staff a fair living wage.
“In the NHS I get paid to travel between patients” says Jemma “why should KCC be any different? Social care was so important when my dad was ill, it’s a scandal it is so badly funded”.Naomi would change this and fight for carers in Kent.