February 28, 2008 -- Able Newsflash No.107

Care News

The General Social Care Council has removed a social worker from its register as a result of her failure to follow child protection procedures when she was a deputy team manager at Waltham Forest Council. For further details go to: http://www.gscc.org.uk

Carers UK have published in conjunction with the University of Leeds six reports under the banner of �Carers, Employment and Services�.

These reports are of importance as there are now 4.27 million carers of working age in Gt. Britain.

The study was commissioned to strengthen the evidence base available to inform future public policy and service development on issues relating to carers and employment.

If you would like a copy of the reports please email; mark.murphy@carersuk.org

Clairmar Care group have purchased the Preston based Ravenscroft Homelink and Practicare Ltd for a combined sum of �2.85m. The two companies which were established in 2002 and 1991 respectively currently deliver around 9,000 hours a week to Lancashire County Council.
(Source: This is Lancashire)

In-House News

Care Manager Jackie Maasz is looking for a live in carer for a lady in her late thirties who has Cerebral Palsy. A carer who can drive is required. Weekly wage is �517.00 plus travel and board. Post is in Hertfordshire. Call Jackie on 01603 281917

Potential clients have been visited in Buckinghamshire, Wales and Bedfordshire.

Client reviews, MH Assessments and Risk assessments have taken place in Hertfordshire and Norfolk.

A staff member has attended a day course on the Mental Capacity Act and its implications.

Potential carers have been interviewed in Norwich.

A new post has commenced in Surrey for a frail elderly husband and wife. Care manager is Nick and he can be reached on 01603 281915 Salary �598.pw inc.

Interesting Information

Help the Aged advises that up to 300,000 elderly people in the UK can go a month without speaking to a neighbour or a family member. For some their only form of human contact is with the milkman or postman.

According to the Association of British Insurers the annual fee for private nursing care in England in 2006 was �25,552 and for residential home care the figure was �18,420.

Question asked of Able Community Care in 2007

"I have been sleeping for many years on a feather mattress which really does need to be replaced. Any idea where I can get one?"

Answer : You could give your local bed companies a call to see if they have a local supplier but if you draw a blank there is a company called Zed GB Ltd which have several models. You can telephone them on 01229 465888 or by writing to them at PO Box 98, Barrow in Furness LA16 7GA. If you have access to the internet take a look at their products at: http://www.zedgb.com

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.