September 04, 2008 -- Able Newsflash No.134

Care News

Scotland�s bill for free personal care for elderly people in their own homes jumped by 15 per cent last year and across Scotland, councils now spend more than �1billion on services for older people generally.

As an example, Edinburgh last year spent �18.6m compared with �15.8m the previous year and �8.4m when free care was first introduced in 2003-2004.
(Source: Edinburgh Evening News)



A TUC commissioned survey has found that employment advisors deal with more grievances about pay, dismissals and working hours from private care home workers than other low paid staff. The most common complaints were around employment rights abuse. Further details can be found at http://www.tuc.org/uk. Go to newsroom.



The Skills for Care Council have advised that approx. 50% of people on Direct Payments have not requested a CRB check on the Personal Assistants they employ.

In-House News

This week we were advised by one of our carers that her clients had received a letter advising that they had won a prize in the Spanish Sweepstake Lottery Lottery S.A.

Our clients were very excited and believed this official, looking letter.

If any readers of this Newsflash interact with older people, they may wish to flag up this scam. Our clients, who received the letter, live in East Anglia. We have seen a copy of the letter concerned and it states that all you have to do to receive your money, in this case six hundred and fifteen thousand eight hundred and ten Euros, was to give them details in order that the money could be transferred into their bank account.

The details requested are:
All personal details including age, telephone numbers, occupation, etc.
Bank name, account number, bank address, phone number.
Next of kin details including personal details.

The matter has been reported to an official source.



A potential new client has been visited in South Wales.

A client review has taken place in South Wales and in Norfolk.

A MH refresher session has taken place in Norfolk.

A new post has commenced in South Wales of a male with Cerebral Palsy. Care Manager is Polly on 01603 764567. Wage is �598.00pw inc.

Care Manager Jackie Maasz is looking for a regular carer for a post in Lincolnshire. The client is in her 40�s and has MS. For further details call Jackie on 01603 281914

Interesting Information

Question
"Does my Winter Fuel Payment automatically come to me as I am now retired."

Answer : You may get a Winter Fuel Payment (WFP) for winter 2008/09�if the following apply:

How to apply
If you're aged 60 or over by 21 September 2008 and getting a State Pension or other benefit (not including Housing Benefit, Council Tax benefit or Child Benefit) there's no need to apply - Winter Fuel Payment should be paid to you automatically.If you think you qualify for a Winter Fuel Payment but aren't getting a State Pension or benefits (or only receive Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit or Child Benefit) - you'll need to claim.

The claim form for winter 2008/09 will be available from July 2008. You can get more information by calling the Winter Fuel Payment helpline 08459 151 515,�textphone 0845 601 5613. Lines are open Monday to Friday from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm.

When to apply
You should claim on or before�19 September 2008 to get your payment by Christmas. All claims for the 2008/9 payment must be received by 30 March 2009.

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.