July 02, 2009 -- Able Newsflash No.175

Care News

News this week of an incident that is worrying. Our Registered Manager's Mother had a fall and broke her humerus. She was in the first instance admitted to hospital and then to a holding, residential care home whilst plans for her next few weeks care could be arranged.

It was not possible to offer home care so her local Social Services contacted her daughter here in the office and suggested she went into a specific residential home. On checking this particular home, the star rating given to the home by CSCI was 0 stars which means "poor".

Subsequently, this home was refused. A further home was suggested which when checking the star rating turned out to have a 1 star which means "adequate".

This was also refused and a more appropriate one of choice was then offered.

At no time did the social worker mention the star rating of either home.

Age Concern and Help the Aged advise that for our current care system to provide appropriate care packages to give older people as much independence and dignity as they have a right to expect, the cost would be an additional �1-2 billion per year. The charity is calling on political parties to spell out how they plan to tackle this increasing crisis in the care field.

Fees for elderly people receiving help with tasks like washing, dressing and eating have risen by an average of 45 per cent since 2007.

In Bath and North East Somerset, the bill for a pensioner receiving three hours of care a day has risen 370 per cent, from �65 a week three years ago to �303 this year.

In Gateshead the weekly cost rose more than threefold to �378 over the same period.

The research also revealed a postcode lottery in fees for home care. The highest weekly charge was in Surrey, at �440, while two London councils, Newham and Tower Hamlets made no charge at all.
(Source: The Telegraph)

The number of people diagnosed with a cancer that is linked to alcohol in the UK every year is higher than the capacity of Wimbledon's Centre Court, according to cancer scientist Professor Martin Wiseman, Medical and Scientific Adviser for World Cancer Research Fund.

In-House News

Prospective clients have been visited in Wales, Cambridgeshire, Kent and Hampshire.

MH Training has taken place in Lincolnshire Client review care plan and risk assessment has taken place in Lincolnshire.

Other client reviews have taken place in Herefordshire, Lancashire, Dumfries and Galloway and in Greater Manchester.

A spot check was carried out in Norfolk.

A new post has commenced in South Wales for an older, blind lady. Care Manager is Sarah on 01603 281915 Wage �576.00pw inc.

Interesting Information / Statistics

Question of the Week
"My Father is in his eighties and looks after himself but I know he does not feed himself well. He goes to a low priced supermarket and buys frozen meals that he eats three times a day. I have tried explaining that he needs to have a balanced, healthy diet, fresh fruit, vegetables, etc but he says that these meals are not costing him much money and he feels fine. I am thinking of asking a Dietician to come and see him but I am not sure what their role actually is."

Answer : Registered Dieticians give information about food with the objective of promoting the well being of individuals to prevent nutrition related problems.

They can educate people to eat the food which will give them maximum benefit which is particularly important if a person has a health problem which requires a special diet. For example people with kidney disease, diabetes, etc.

There are many Dieticians in the community and if you give your Father�s local surgery a ring they can either advise you of the person within their practice or give you further information to gain contact with one to discuss your problem.


In the first week in April 2008, there were 68,759 people receiving a local authority home care service.

The number of care homes is 1426 across all clients groups providing 42,874 places.

In the average lifetime the human heart beats two and a half billion times.

Eyelashes live about 150 days.

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.