October 09, 2008 -- Able Newsflash No.139

Care News

Employment and Support Allowance will come in on 27th October 2008. It will replace Incapacity Benefit and Income Support claimed on the grounds of incapacity for new customers. The new system will consider what an individual is capable of, what help and support they need to manage their condition and return to work.

Between 2010 and 2013 it is intended that existing claimants will be brought into the new system. Existing benefits will continue in payment up until that point.

A one day conference is taking place on 17th November titled, "With Respect to Old Age: Caring for Older People in Scotland".

Keynote speakers are:

Contact 0131 270 7083 for further details.

In-House News

Jim Green our Risk Assessor has carried out two manual handling assessments in Knebworth, and one each in Bedford and Suffolk.

A review was held in Suffolk by Judith Tye and Jim Green.

David Gifford attended a meeting at County Hall in Norwich to discuss some issues that Able Community Care had brought to their attention.

A potential client has been visited in Bolton by Alan Wilson.

We have a new client in Guernsey. It is for an 83 year old lady with Alzheimers. The wages are �576 per week plus travel expenses.

Interesting Information

As at March 2007 40,600 adults in England were receiving a Direct Payment to pay for their own care arrangements. In Scotland 2291 people received Direct Payments.

In England and Wales the rate of prisoners over the age of 60 has risen 185% in ten years. The over 60's are the fastest growing age group in prison. On June 30th 2007 there were 2,221 prisoners age over 60 in England and Wales which included 405 over the age of 70.

Question of the week

"I receive funding from the ILF but I have been advised by my care agency that the cost of my care will be going up. Can I expect that I will receive increased funding from the ILF to pay for the higher cost?"

Answer : The ILF will consider an increase in your funding if the cost of care that is already being paid for goes up. Contact the ILF and provide documentary evidence for your increased costs.

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.