July 08, 2010 -- Able Newsflash No.227

Care News

Up until now personal health budgets were held by a PCT or a third party. From this week eight PCTs will trial direct payments for personal care budgets being given to the person requiring care giving them the option to decide how, where and from whom they purchase their health care in partnership with the NHS.

The inspection processes as set up by the CSCI (Commission for Social Care Inspection) relied heavily on personal visits from inspectors who actually sat at a desk and went through documents, talked to office staff, carers and clients, etc. We may all have been a little anxious before the inspections took place but they were thorough, you could talk to the inspector at any time, and it was a stringent procedure for the benefit of all concerned within the care environment.

The CQC (Care Quality Commission) is a different being relying mainly on data collection, personal contact with an inspector is arms length, and the whole entity appears not to have the gravitas of its predecessor, which is to it�s disadvantage.

Currently it is being publicly voiced that, in this case in relation to inspection procedures for care homes, "CQC is going to kill it off altogether" (Association of Care Managers).

The Association is calling for a new approach to care inspections and wants the CQC for example to:

Further information can be found by visiting: http://www.today.guide2care.com

In-House News

Prospective clients have been visited in Suffolk, Somerset, Northamptonshire, and Lancashire.

Mandy Gulatar North West Manager has attended a mental health Awareness Training day.

Client monitoring visits have taken place in Lancashire.

A new post has commenced in Surrey for an elderly gentleman with dementia. Care Manager is Sam Beddis-Clark. Wage is �571.00 pw inc.

Interesting Information / Statistics

Question of the Week
"Because of medication I take, my skin bruises easily, particularly on my arms and legs. Please advise of anything that might help, some form of protection that I might wear around the house."

Answer : Apart from leg and arm protectors to wear in the shower from the British Red Cross, I only know of the leg protectors sold by the company Wikkies Ltd who are based in Wiltshire. They have beige and navy leg protectors but if you prefer something that also looks fun, they sell dotty patterned ones as well. They have a website at: http://www.wikkieslegprotection.com and you can look at the protectors there or ring up for a brochure to (+44) 01666 860 908(Offices are open between 9am and 5pm GMT.)

I have been unable to find any arm protectors but Wikkies advise that they are looking into this area of the body. However, meanwhile, if any readers are aware of a company that does offer such protection for arms please let me know and I will pass it on.

Summer weather; windows and doors open but make sure you close them if you go out or down the garden. Last summer 20% of burglaries that took place were as a result of open windows and doors.

And finally this week...

Celebrating 30 years of providing live-in care schemes throughout the UK, we have published a 160 page cookery book: "Able to Cook � A 30th Anniversary Celebration".

The cookery book has recipes from our carers and Gazette readers but also from a very large number of celebrities who have donated their recipe to us and have given us a comment or a line as to why they like it. Recipes in the book include those sent in by: Bill Treacher, Susanah York, Fiona Bruce, Prunella Scales, Frederick Forsyth, Sir Michael Caine, Sir Richard Branson, Joanna Lumley, Dame Judi Dench, Joan Collins, Stephen Fry to name but a few.

The book is being sold to raise funds for two charities Age UK Norfolk and Connects & Co, a charity which supports young carers.

The book can be purchased online on our website () for �8.00 inc. of P&P.

A marvellous opportunity to 'cook with the stars' and help two excellent charities at the same time.

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.