Elderly and disabled people who receive "flying" care visits are being forced to choose between staying thirsty and going to the toilet, a charity has warned.
Leonard Cheshire Disability said that the number of 15-minute care visits are on the rise, despite "major concerns" the short visits "deprive" people of essential care.
Data obtained from 63 local authorities by the charity found that three-fifths now commission 15-minute visits.
A new report by the charity estimates that the proportion of visits that last 15 minutes or less has risen by 15% over the past five years.
Dan Rivers reports:
Voilet and Henry Smith are an elderly couple totally reliant on outside help but carer, Jan Trowse, has up to 14 appointments a day and said it is often impossible for her to do everything that is required in the 15 minute slot.
But social care leaders said that sometimes 15 minute visits are "fully justified".
The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (Adass) argued that sometimes the short visits are "fully adequate".
Clare Pelham, chief executive of Leonard Cheshire Disability, called for care visits to be at least 30 minutes long.