February 07, 2008 -- Able Newsflash No.104

Care News

The Commission for Social Care Inspection has published a report about the wide variations in the criteria for receiving care across England.

Some local authorities will only provide care to people who are judged as having substantial or critical care needs but other authorities will provide care to people as soon as they develop lower level problems such as reduced mobility, graded as �low�.

If you look in this report you can access any council in England and see the level at which they have provided care since 2005/6 through to 2007/8.

For example the eligibility level for the provision of care in Wolverhampton for the periods 2005/6 and 2006/7 was low. The criteria for the period 2007/8 has changed to �substantial�. Similarly the criteria for Kingston upon Thames.

Currently in Calderdale and Sunderland the eligibility level is at �low� need. (Source: CSCI)

A report from the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group highlights a problem that many disabled people who are in receipt of Direct Payments to pay for their care, do not realise that they then become employers. Becoming employers means that if the money is used to pay a personal assistant or carer then there is an obligation on the part of the employer to operate PAYE and NIC.

Many recipients of Direct Payments have not had this position made clear to them. Additionally many people in receipt of Direct Payments are unable to take on the role.

As it is the Governments intention that more people should use Direct Payments for paying and choosing their care provision, it is hoped that some arrangement can be arrived at to reduce the burden on people who have become �accidental� employers.

In-House News

Carer interviews have taken place in Scotland, Lancashire, Devon, Wiltshire and Norfolk.

Client/Carer review/monitoring visits have taken place in Scotland, Norfolk and Lancashire.

Potential client visits have been carried out in Norfolk, Suffolk and Devon.

A meeting has been held with Medway Continuing Care Team.

Our new Training Facility was opened last week and four of our existing carers agreed to try out our new Induction Training program. The course lasted four hours and was broken down into sessions covering factors such as Moving and Handling, Hygiene, Care Plans, Risk Assessments, Liaison with other care professionals, record keeping, etc.

Care Manager Jackie Maasz is looking for a carer who can drive for a post with a lady in her 30�s who has Cerebral Palsy and lives in Hertfordshire. Wage is �517.00pw inc. For further details call Jackie on 01603 281917

Care Manager Susan Lamb has successfully completed her NVQ 4 Management course.

Interesting Information

Question asked of Able Community Care in June 05

"My solicitor of many years has now retired and for personal reasons I wish to find a new firm to represent me. I am in my early eighties and wonder if there are solicitors whose main areas of representation is with older clients and their requirements?"

Answer : There is a national association of solicitors who are committed to providing comprehensive and legal advice for older people. Members have the knowledge that allows them to empathise with problems that may occur as part of the aging process and all members must have spent a substantial amount of time working for elderly clients and have to fulfil a criteria for membership.

Member solicitors can help older people with estate planning, powers of attorney, tax planning, living wills, provision of home care, preserving assets in the event of long term residential or nursing care, welfare benefits and equity release plans to name just some of the wide range of legal issues they can assist with.

To find a member of Solicitors for the Elderly in your locality contact the Association in one of the following ways:By post - Julia Cameron, Solicitors for the Elderly, PO Box 257, Broxbourne, Herts. EN10 7YY

By telephone - 01992 471568

By email - jcameron@solicitorsfor the elderly.com

Office hours are 9.00am-1.00pm Monday through to Friday

A new, pilot website has been launched by the Dept. of Work and Pensions: http://www.generationxperience.wordpress.com

The website is designed to enable people over 50 to communicate with the Government and each other about issues that concern them.

Annually 150,000 people in the UK have a stroke. 33% of this number of people are likely to be left disabled and needing rehabilitation.

We hope you have enjoyed reading this and "see you next week".

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.