November 13, 2008 -- Able Newsflash No.144

Care News

Cuts in care homes funding hits district nurses
Pressure on district nurses is increasing because fewer people are being looked after in care homes, according to a leading care homes expert. A report by the NHS Information Centre, Community Care Statistics 2008, showed� the number of people living in residential or nursing care homes dropped by 4% to 239,100 between 2007 and 2008. Frank Ursell, Registered Nursing Home Association chief executive, said government drives to reduce local authority funded placements was forcing those in need into sheltered accommodation.'The impact will be felt by district nursing which is already oversubscribed,' he said.
(Source: Nursing Times)

Independent homecare providers currently provide over six million hours of care per week This figure was given in an article in the Public Service Review � Health Issue 17 on November 7th.

The article looks at the struggle faced by many homecare providers and explores the possible reality that the cost of care will be more important than it�s quality. The article written by Colin Angel the UKHCA�s Head of Policy can be found at: and then search for Jury still out on homecare providers' future.

In-House News

A discharge meeting and carer interviews have taken place in South Wales.

A client review meeting has taken place in Hereford.

Prospective clients have been visited this week in Bedfordshire and Essex.

A MH training session took place at this office.

A new post has commenced in Norfolk for an elderly lady suffering with Parkinson�s Disease. Care Manager is Sarah on 01603 281915. Weekly salary �587.00 inc.

Able Community Care provides long term, continuous, live-in care packages for clients. This can be demonstrated by the fact that last month one of our clients died. He had been diagnosed with Charcot Marie Tooth Disease and we began to care for him in March 2002. He has had continuous cover from our carers since that date. He died age 62 in his own home.

Interesting Information

The number of complaints to the NHS in Wales in the year 2007/8 was just over 7000. In 2006/7 the number was 6,346

An estimated 74% of people living in UK care homes today have some form of dementia.
(Source: PIR Care Home Management)

Question of the Week
"I would like to get my elderly father interested in using the internet as I feel he would, if he could be persuaded to try, get an enormous amount of enjoyment from it. Can you recommend any book that might help?"

Answer : How to be a Silver Surfer is a book that can be obtained from Age Concern ( which is now into its 4th edition. It has step by step instructions, explains the terminology, gives information on how to get started and much more. It is priced at �7.59 online.

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.