February 14, 2008 -- Able Newsflash No.105

Care News

The European Care Licence is being developed as a basic entry certificate in the care sector. It is hoped it will become a recognised and accepted qualification throughout Europe.

The Licence will provide employers with evidence that the Licence holder understands the basic knowledge required to work safely in the care sector.

A pilot scheme is currently in place and it is hoped that it will make its European launch in October 2008.

Migrant care workers coming to the UK with this Licence will be deemed fit to begin work in our care industry.

To date I have not seen any details as to how this Licence will relate to either Care NVQ2 or to the Induction Standards that we as companies are being requested to train our staff to.

The magazine from Acas, Issue 11, advises that new measures to deal with illegal migrants working in the UK will come into force on 29th February. The measures contained in the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 include:

Although these may appear new measures, employers are already required to check their prospective employee�s right to work in the UK

Able Community Care in 2007 re wrote their prospective carer information booklet which goes out with every carers application. Prior to this, we were receiving applications from people whose documents were non genuine across a wide range, e.g. employment rights, training certificates, etc, at the rate of several per week. After discussions with Immigration we were able to advise potential carers that we would reserve the right to forward any documentation they sent us as part of their application to the Immigration Department.

This has reduced by approx. 90% the amount of illegal applications we currently receive.

For further information from the Acas newsletter visit: http://www.acas.org.uk

In-House News

A potential new client has been visited in Devon.

Reviews and risk assessments have taken place in Devon and Lancashire.

A Manual Handling review was carried out in Norfolk.

Monitoring visits have been made in Hertfordshire.

A new post has commenced in Norfolk, Care Manager Jackie Maasz. Elderly lady with Dementia, salary �565.00pw inc. Jackies number is 01603 281917. Care Manager Sam Clarke attended a course on �Reminiscence Therapy�

Interesting Information

In 2007 the WRVS emergency services had 6,600 active volunteers and had 500 teams across England, Scotland and Wales. They helped people in 374 emergency situations covering fires, floods, unexploded bombs and major accidents including terrorist attacks.

Question asked of Able Community Care this month

"I have lived on my own since my husband died. He was the person who did all the DIY jobs and repairs. It is now ten years since his death and I need some repairs carried out in my home, some of which are quite substantial I think. I have no near relatives, am 79 years old, and I am worried about getting people out of Yellow Pages whom I know nothing about. I do not want to leave my home, can you help?"

Answer : One answer is to contact The Elderly Accommodation Counsel whose aim is to help older people make informed choices about meeting their housing and care needs. It was founded in 1984, and became registered as a charity in 1985. It is now more commonly known as EAC.

If you call them they will give you general advice problems relating to your property and will be able to put you in touch with local agencies who can then visit you and help you with such things as:

Discussing repair/building options with you, giving advice and guidance and advising you of where to find reputable tradesmen.Should you be eligible for any grants towards the work required they can advise you accordingly and help in competing application forms.

The help offered does vary slightly from area to area but contact the EAC in the first instance. They can be contacted by:

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.