September 03, 2009 -- Able Newsflash No.184

Care News

The Vetting and Barring Scheme will be launched on 12th October 2009. People will be vetted as to their suitability to work with vulnerable groups and barred if they are not suitable. The Scheme is being established as a result of the Bichard Enquiry which followed the Soham Murders. The Report recommended that all those who work with vulnerable groups should be registered. The Scheme will run as a partnership between the ISA (Independent Safeguarding Authority) and the CRB (Criminal Records Bureau). Paid employees and volunteers will be subject to the same implications, restrictions and obligations. However, it will be free for volunteers to register.

It is anticipated that eventually 11.3 million people will become ISA registered making it the most inclusive and largest system of its kind in the world. Anyone who has a legitimate interest will be able to check a person's registration status on line.

For further information on an FAQ basis visit:

Under current rules in England each individual PCT decides who qualifies for free, nursing care. However, the rules are open for interpretation as to whether an individual has "health related needs" or "social care needs". If the decision is "social care needs" then the NHS will not pay.

Recently there have been families who have had a member who has suffered from Alzheimer's disease and have won the right to reclaim the nursing care fees they had previously paid.

In 2007 the Government published a national guidance for a single system for assessing eligibility for NHS continuing care which should be regardless of the location of the PCT.

A recent SAGA survey of over 11,000 Britons found that 21% of children felt guilty about moving parents into a care home.

In-House News

Pauline one of our live-in care staff celebrated her 70th birthday last week. Pauline has been working as a live-in carer with Able Community Care since 1996.

Potential clients have been visited this week in Norfolk, Surrey and Warwickshire.

A carer returning to work had refresher Manual Handling training.

Safeguarding Adult training has been given to seven carers.

Care package reviews have taken place in Hertfordshire and Norfolk.

A new post has commenced in Norfolk for and elderly lady who is age 90 and frail. Weekly wage is �533.00pw inc. Care Manager is Jackie Maasz on 01603 281914

Interesting Information / Statistics

One of our readers last week took her Mother home from hospital with the aid of a Zimmer Frame. Once at home, her daughter took the Zimmer Frame back to the hospital where her Mother had been. The hospital did not want it back apparently as a Nurse advised them to bin it. (Average cost of a Zimmer Frame is from �30 upwards).

Question of the Week
"Do you know where I can buy shoes for my elderly Father who has a left foot that is not the same size as his right foot. In addition he also has a skin problem so needs footwear that is soft rather than hard."

Answer : A company called Simple Way is a small business, established for over thirty years in Newcastle upon Tyne. They make their own shoes and can make shoes for a person with odd sized feet which do not have any stiffeners in and are non irritant.

For a brochure call 01207 566100. Website is:

Just for amusement... LET'S ALL GO TO LONDON AND GET 'UN-ROBBED'

Pickpockets have forever been fixtures in big cities everywhere, and since the days of Charles Dickens, London has actually been rather famous for theirs. These days, however, a UK phone and internet company, TalkTalk, has turned loose 20 "put-pockets" to wander London's major tourist areas and sneak money INTO people's pockets.

Visit Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden, and other busy spots and you might just find unexpected cash surreptitiously stuffed into your pocket or handbag. Anything from a fiver to a �20 note could show up. The company says it was time to bring some bright spots into all the negative talk about the current economic climate. They'll continue the put-pocket program in London until the end of this month and then roll it out all over the UK. All in all, they expect to give away �100,000. The "put-pockets" all used to be pickpockets. (The police have been briefed on the plan.)

Chris Fitch, a former pickpocket who is the head of the program, says, "It feels good to give something back for a change. Every time I put money back in someone�s pocket, I feel less guilty about the fact I spent many years taking it out."

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.