March 04, 2010 -- Able Newsflash No.209

Care News

For the first time, it will be possible for an unpaid carer looking after a loved one to build up a full basic State Pension based entirely on National Insurance credits. The Department for Work and Pensions and Carers UK are calling on the 4.7 million carers across the country to find out if they could benefit.

April 2010 will see the introduction of the new Carer's Credit that will count towards their basic and second State Pension. People may not recognise the help they give unpaid to a disabled, ill or family member as caring but today they are being encouraged to come forward if they are looking after someone for at least twenty hours a week.

Carers can find out if they qualify by visiting: or by calling 0800 678 1132.

Birmingham Council is offering voluntary redundancy to senior social workers as part of a restructure of its adult services, with some 88 management posts facing the axe, according to the city's Unison branch.

The Isle of Wight Council plans cuts of more than �5million a year in services for vulnerable people.
(Source: Community Care)

In-House News

Prospective clients have been visited in Essex, Suffolk and in Birmingham.

Medication MAR charts, (external training) - has taken place for Katie Plane (Care Manager) and Jim Green (Risk Assessor).

A client care review has taken place in Suffolk.

A new post has commenced in Norfolk for and older couple with difficulties as a result of blindness and frailty. Weekly wage �603.00pw inc. Care Manager is Jackie Maasz on 01603 281914

Interesting Information / Statistics

Information from the latest Axis Partnership Healthcare Newsletter:

Domiciliary care agencies for sale:

Question of the Week
"I am a disabled pensioner and my daughter has suggested that I go and live with her. However, I am worried that it might not work out and would like therefore to consider living in a park home in their large garden as a compromise. Can you get park homes or caravans for people with a disability?"

Answer : There may be other manufacturers but one company that does make static caravans for people with a disability is Hulse Rosss Ltd. They make bespoke designs which can include wheelchair access, sling hoist tracking and custom wet rooms. For further details contact them on 0798 559 2720 or visit their website at:

Conferences that are taking place in the next couple of months include:

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.