March 25, 2010 -- Able Newsflash No.212

Care News

Macmillan Cancer Support has published the fact that one in four cancer patients are dying without having received Disability Living Allowance or the Attendance Allowance to which they are automatically entitled. The amount estimated by Macmillan is that approximately �90m is going unclaimed.

People can contact their local Macmillan Cancer Support Charity who will be able to advise on claiming.

Care Experts � Independent Social Workers
Proposals from The Ministry of Justice and Legal Services Commission would see independent expert social workers' fees capped at around �30 per hour by October 2010, while other expert witnesses, such as psychiatrists and psychologists would be entitled to �70-�100.
(Source: Community Care)

Thousands of older people in London could be spared traumatic hospital stays and costly long term care if they were given more help to live independently in their own homes, according to a new report.

The National Housing Federation's "In your lifetime" report warned that older people often struggled to access the support they needed to continue to live at home - increasing the risk that they will end up in hospital or a care home in the long run.

In London, around 300,000 people aged over 65 need help with at least one routine task and this number is continuing to rise rapidly.

Investing in preventative measures - rather than caring for older people only when they become ill or immobile - has saved the taxpayer �1.8bn a year in England. But specified funding on preventative services for older people has fallen over the last three years rather than increased � despite the savings to the public purse.
(Source: National Housing Federation)

In-House News

Prospective clients have been visited in Buckinghamshire, Dorset and Cornwall.

Interviews for potential carers have been held in Derby.

Jim Green, Risk Assessor/Trainer has given MH training to eight carers, carried out a client care plan and risk assessment review and participated in medication training sessions. The above took place in Lancashire and the West Midlands.

Further client care plan reviews have taken place in Hampshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Kent and South Wales.

A new post has commenced in Norfolk for an elderly lady with Alzheimer's. Care Manager is Katie Plane on 01603 281917. Wage is �582.00pw inc.

Polly Wagstaff (General Manager) has attended a course on the Vetting and Barring legislation.

Training Sessions/Workshops/Meetings attended by Able Community Care "in house" staff in the last few months include; Basic Care Skills, Health and Safety, Medication (2), Equality and Diversity, Influencing Skills, Recruitment Selection, Mental Capacity Act (5), Vetting and Barring (2), Care of People with Parkinson's Disease and Mental Health Issues.

Interesting Information / Statistics

Every week, some 300,000 households receive nearly 4m hours of home help and domiciliary care at a total estimated cost of �3bn a year. The NHS spends a further �2.2bn a year on non-residential care.
(Source: FT)

True story
A client who has care paid for via the ILF and Direct Payments has an outstanding account with a domiciliary, care company of just over �7,000. An offer was made by the relevant local social work department to repay the outstanding debt at a rate of �12.00pw. The offer was refused.

Question of the Week
"Do mobile libraries visit residential homes?"

Answer : Each County Council runs their own mobile library service and you should contact your own Council directly to see if they do visit residential homes in your area. It is my belief that most do, for example Southend on Sea Borough Council visits 106 residential homes on a regular three weekly basis.

Some Councils offer that if they do not make a stop it can be arranged that a selection of books will be dropped off and collected on a regular basis so bringing the service directly into the home itself.

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.