August 06, 2009 -- Able Newsflash No.180

Care News

Scie � established in 2001, was set up to improve care services for adults and children in the UK.

GSCC � registers social care workers and regulates their conduct and training. (GSCC has recently suspended its chief executive after the discovery of a backlog of more than 200 referrals involving social workers accused of misconduct).

Skills for Care - is the employer led authority on the training standards and development needs of nearly one million social care staff in England

The Government is considering the future of the above organisations and a decision on their future roles has been delayed by an urgent review into the function and conduct of the GSCC.

It is now expected that the report will not be published until October at the earliest. (The current organisational structure has an annual budget of �95m).

An online will writing service from Which has been launched. Users will complete an online questionnaire to create their will. A single will has a cost of �89.and a mirror will for couples is �129. For further details go to:

Solicitors for The Elderly, (SFE) is a national�organisation of lawyers, such as solicitors, barristers, and legal executives who have had to demonstrate that they have spent a substantial amount of time working for elderly clients. The association, which has about 1000 lawyers has said that they may now be prepared to draw up wills for as little as �125.00 including a meeting. They will also carry out home visits. For further details about SFE go to:

Errors by the Criminal Records Bureau, which vets those applying for jobs with children and vulnerable adults, have doubled in the past 12 months.

Despite intense pressure to improve its performance, 1,570 people were wrongly branded criminals or mistakenly given a clean record.

Victims of the vetting process must go through an appeal process to clear their name.
(Source: Mailonline)

In-House News

Prospective clients have been visited in Norfolk, Yorkshire and Surrey.

Clients care plans have been reviewed in Devon, Yorkshire, Dumfries and Galloway, Inverness, Nottinghamshire and Lancashire.

Moving and Handling assessments have taken place in Yorkshire, Inverness and Dumfries and Galloway.

"Pop In" visits have taken place in South Wales, Manchester and Nottinghamshire.

Risk Assessments have been carried out in homes in Yorkshire and Dumfries and Galloway.

A new post has commenced in Somerset for an elderly lady who has Parkinson's Disease. Care Manager is Jackie on 01603 281914 Weekly wage is �598pw inc.

Interesting Information / Statistics

Question of the Week
"I live in London and both myself and my husband are currently not too mobile in that although we can care for ourselves we are unable to go out to get our shopping for the week. This situation is only temporary as I am recovering from an operation and hope to be back to fitness in a couple of weeks. Do you know if it is possible to find someone in our area who can get our shopping for us."

Answer : Many people believe that you can only have shopping delivered from the main supermarkets if you join up to place your order online. This is the case with many supermarkets but not with Sainsburys. Sainsburys has a telephone ordering service whereby calling 0800 3281700 you can read out your order, pay by credit card and have it delivered. There is no minimum order. Delivery charge will need to be paid however.

Every five minutes in England and Wales a person will have a stroke.

There are approx. 570,000 Civil Service pensioners.

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.