April 15, 2010 -- Able Newsflash No.215

Care News

The DOH has published the latest health profile of England 2009 statistics.

Some of the findings are as follows:

For further details and other information go to:

The information is only available in electronic format and runs to 120 pages.

Men in the poorest parts of Scotland have a life expectancy that is more than 13 years shorter than males in the most affluent communities.
(Source: the Register General Scotland)

The Welsh assembly has passed legislation re the cost of care. The legislation will make charges more consistent throughout Wales and there will be a maximum weekly charge of �50.00 per person. The legislation is: The Social Care Charges (Wales) Measure.

In-House News

Norfolk County Council Medicine Support Service has been to our office to give training on MAR charts.

Purpose of the MAR chart:

MAR charts are the formal record of administration of medicine within the care setting and may be required to be used as evidence in clinical investigations and court cases. It is therefore important that they are clear, accurate and up to date.

Pharmacists should be aware that once a care service starts to fill in details on a MAR chart the record becomes a confidential administration record which should only be shared with others (including the pharmacist) with the patient, or their representative�s, permission.
(Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain)

5 new live-in care staff have been accepted on to our Register this week.

A new client has commenced her care package in Somerset. Lady in her late forties with MS. Care Manager is Sarah on 01603 281915. Wage is �619.00pw inc.

Interesting Information / Statistics

The oldest woman in Europe lives in a nursing home in Leeds. (she lived alone until moving into the nursing home when she was aged 105) She was born in the City in 1896 and has just celebrated her 114th birthday.

The UK has 389 hospital beds per 100,000 inhabitants, when taking into account both private and NHS beds. The EU average is 590 beds per 100,000 inhabitants. (2009)

Question of the Week
"If I decide to employ my own carer what are my responsibilities?"

Answer : If you employ a carer directly you will be responsible for deducting tax and National Insurance from your employee's wages and paying them to the HMRC (HM Revenue and Customs) with your own employers National Insurance contribution.

You also have responsibilities around the hourly rate of pay, rest breaks, maximum number of hours that your carer can work per week and in addition you will be responsible for holiday and sick pay.

It is also essential that you take out Employers Liability Insurance and Public Liability Insurance.

If you visit the website http://www.direct.gov.uk and look for "employing a personal assistant" you will find further information and you could also visit your local Tax office for further help.

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.