January 22, 2009 -- Able Newsflash No.152

Care News

Help the Aged advises that the proportion of older people receiving home care has almost halved in the past 15 years.

The number of people receiving care through their local authority has now dropped to under 350,000.

CSCI said that of the 661,000 older people receiving community services in March 2008 just 3% were receiving direct payments to pay for their care.

Legislation in The Health Bill which will be published later this year includes a personal budget scheme to allow patients to pick and choose what NHS services they want. It would work on similar lines to the Direct Payment Scheme with reference to social care. The scheme will be piloted in England later this year.

The Direct Payment Scheme with reference to social care, has around 60,000 people who have taken up the option of choosing and paying for their own care.

A Personal Expenses Allowance is the minimum weekly amount that a care home resident should be left with after a local authority, which is paying for the care, makes the necessary deductions from a person�s income for their share of the cost. This money is meant for the resident to be able to buy day to day items, cards, presents etc. Currently it is �20.45 per week.

The Government have just increased the allowance by 75pence per week and a group of national charities have written to the Government critising the �measly� amount.

In-House News

We are pleased to welcome Kate Bowman back into our Recruitment Dept. Kate returns after maternity leave.

Prospective clients have been visited in Leicestershire, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, London and Hampshire.

Manual Handling training and Risk Assessments have taken place in the West Midlands and in Yorkshire. A client care review has taken place in Cornwall.

New posts have commenced in:

This week Celia died. Celia was in her seventies and a double amputee. Able Community Care began caring for Celia in September 2008 when she returned to her home from hospital. Once home from hospital she was able to continue to enjoy the company of friends and family. Celia died at home.

On Thursday 15th January CSCI came on an unannounced inspection. The inspector was here for six hours. The inspection report will be published on the CSCI website in approximately two months.

Interesting Information / Statistics

Question of the Week
"I would like my son to learn to drive but he is registered as a deaf person. Do you know if there are any driving schools that use Sign Language?"

Answer : There are driving schools which have driving instructors who are deaf aware. Teaching a person to drive with such an instructor will involve some signing, written information and sketches used whilst the car is in a parked position, etc.

When taking the practical part of the Driving Test additional time will be allowed so that the examiner will be aware of your communication needs and will agree signals with you for example for turning left/right, 3 point turn, etc. You are also allowed to take an interpreter with you as long as they are not a driving instructor themselves an above the age of 16.

To find out the nearest deaf aware driving instructor to you, contact The Queen Elizabeth�s Foundation Mobility Centre which has a database of instructors who are trained to teach deaf people and people with other disabilities. They also have a driving information pack which they will send you. Contact them at:

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.