February 21, 2008 -- Able Newsflash No.106

Care News

CSCI have published �The state of social care in England 2006-07�. You can download an Executive Summary dated January 2008 from the CSCI site.

Relevant points from the summary are:

Able Community Care as a nationwide provider would agree with much of the above. However, until the eligibility criteria for care is uniform across the country, people living in the wrong area will continue to lose out.

Until sufficient funding is made available for care, people will also continue to lose out if their authority simply does not have the funding to pay for the care services they need.

A man has won the right to challenge a decision of Thames Valley Police to include allegations of which he had been exonerated in his CRB check.

An enhanced CRB check disclosed unsubstantiated allegations of sexual misconduct but the allegations were dismissed by the police and the charity he worked for. The case is the first of its kind to go to a judicial review. (Source: http://www.thirdsector.co.uk/News)

More than half of Scotland�s health boards are out of pocket because their counterparts south of the border have not paid up for English people who have received health services in Scotland. Nine out of 14 health boards are owed around �2m. (Source: thisisnorthscotland)

In-House News

Potential new posts have been visited in Wales, West Sussex and Surrey.

Risk assessment review, manual handling review and care plan reviews have taken place in Bedfordshire. A further client review has taken place in Norfolk.

Potential carer interviews have taken place in Norfolk.

Interesting Information

In our Newsflash 104, we mentioned details for Solicitors for the Elderly. Unfortunately, the information we had was a little out of date and I am more than happy to update them below:

Solicitors for the Elderly,
Suite 17,
Conbar House,
Mead Lane,
SG13 7AP
Public tel. No. 0870067 0282

Email: admin@solicitorsfortheelderly.com

Contact is Sue Carraturo

As at 31st March 2007 there were 18,577 registered care homes for adults of all ages offering 441,958 places. This represents a continuing trend of falling numbers of care homes (down 141 over last year) but with an increase in the number of places, (up by 623places).

Question asked of Able Community Care in May 2004:

"I am nearing retirement age and have worked on and off throughout my life. I would like to find out how much pension I can expect and whether as a single person I can claim other benefits when I retire. Is there someone I can actually go and speak to locally?"

Answer : The Pension Service has been set up to do just that. Part of their remit is to advise people who are nearing retirement age about their pension, how much, how it will be delivered to you and also about any other benefits you may be entitled to. There are local surgeries throughout the UK and to find out the nearest one to you telephone 0845 60 60 265. Mon - Fri 8am-8pm and Sat 9am-1pm.

The service is also available to pensioners who have any queries about their pension.

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.