October 15, 2009 -- Able Newsflash No.190

Care News

"The NHS is turning to no win, no fee legal representation � despite being a persistent critic of the practice.

The health service has spent the last few years complaining the no win, no fee culture has led to a rise in costs incurred in medical negligence cases. But the NHS Counter Fraud Service in England and Wales is now embracing the system after reaching a deal with a law firm to recoup money lost to fraud."

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The Disabled Living Foundation (DLF) has an excellent website and has just added an additional section. The section titled "Living made easy for Children" provides impartial advice and information on wheelchairs and mobility products for children who have disabilities. Web site is: http://www.dlf.org.uk

Home Care
In a recent survey 84% of clients said that their care worker always or usually came at times that suited them.

Vacinations for Swine flu
Paid care workers are a priority for the vaccination but unpaid carers are not. (Source: Carers UK)

In-House News

Prospective clients have been visited in South London and in Tyne and Wear.

Interviews have been held in Sheffield for prospective care staff.

MH Training has been carried out at the office in Norwich. A new post has commenced in Buckinghamshire for a very elderly lady with poor sight. Wage is �571.00pw inc.Care Manager is Sam on 01603 281918.

Sadly two clients of Able Community Care died this week. They had been cared for on a continuous, live in care basis since 1999 and 2006 respectively.

Interesting Information / Statistics

In 2008-09, 85% of children in England reaching the age of 2 had been immunised against Measles, Mumps and Rubella with the combined MMR vaccine.

Persons aged 65 and over immunised against influenza in England was 74% in 2008-09, remaining the same for the third consecutive year.

Question of the Week
"Can you tell me about the CIS Scheme please? How do I apply?"

Answer : The Cash Incentive Scheme (CIS) is in place in some local authority areas and the objective of the local authorities which run a CIS scheme is to release local authority accommodation in order that it can be used more effectively.

So this may mean that a tenant who is elderly and living in a three bed roomed council house on his/her own may be encouraged to move into a one bed roomed flat, residential home accommodation, sheltered housing, etc. There can be a cash incentive available offered to the person to do this.

Similarly, people may be encouraged to buy a home of their own in the private sector and again there may be a grant available for them to encourage them to do so.

The grants are means tested and there is no central funding for CIS, so local authorities have to fund such schemes from there own resources.

In order to find out if your local authority has a scheme in place and if you would be eligible, give the housing department a call. The number will be in your telephone book.

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.