November 27, 2008 -- Able Newsflash No.146

Care News

The Scottish Care Commission have found that one in five care services in Scotland have unsafe procedures in place for staff recruitment. The problems found included care staff being employed without the proper checks being made with reference to their ability to work as a carer, criminal record checks not being made and references not being verified. For further details go to the website:

The Voluntary Sector plays a huge role in helping to care for elderly and disabled people and the need for their services is on the increase. However, falling incomes, especially prevalent at a time of high unemployment and an anticipated recession means that they ask the government for a financial bail-out sum of �500m. This has been refused by the government this week but a "plan of action" has been promised for the New Year.

Some suggestions are that charities should be able to recover VAT which is costing the sector up to �600m per annum and a reform of Gift Aid where up to �700m goes unclaimed annually.

Meanwhile charities and voluntary groups in Scotland are facing a cut of 70% in Lottery funding, reducing from �90m to �25m, a reduction of 70%. The funding loss is being directed towards the cost of the 2012 London Olympics.
(Source: Scotland on Sunday)

In-House News

Prospective clients have been visited in Jersey and Norfolk.

Client review visits have taken place in Hertfordshire.

Spot checks have taken place in Suffolk.

Interviews for prospective carers have taken place in Devon, Derbyshire and Norfolk

New client in Lancashire. Care Manager Alan Wilson. Elderly gentleman requiring after stroke care. Salary �592.00pw inc. 01603 281916

Able Community Care began providing Tony, who lived in the North West, with a live in care package in January 2001. Tony required live in carers because he was suffering from MS. Last week Tony died peacefully in his sleep at home.

Within the last couple of weeks we have sent out a form to all our clients concerning aids and equipment within their home. To date we have received over 45% back, thank you. Once we have received the forms back we can update our records and identify any further training needs that our carers may have in relation to individual pieces of equipment.

Interesting Information

People who make it to the age of 100 may indeed have some "good genes" that they pass on their children, according to a new study.

The study, of more than 600 older U.S. adults, found that the children of centenarians tended to live longer and were substantially less likely to develop diabetes or suffer a heart attack or stroke.
(Source: Reuters)

Question of the Week
"I would like to see someone with reference to my state pension and ask a few questions. Who do I contact and do they make home visits?"

Answer : The Department of Work and Pensions, Pension Service, can help you work out the amount of State Pension you are entitled to. They can also answer any questions you may have relating to your pension and can also advise if you are eligible for Pension Credit. If you are aged 60 or over then it will be possible for you to have a home visit and to organise one you can call the Pension Service on 0845 6060265.

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.