September 16, 2010 -- Able Newsflash No.237

Care News

The Minimum Wage Rates increase from 1st October 2010. The new rates are:

Carers Credit, the National Insurance Credit which has been available since April this year, is not being claimed by over a quarter of a million people who could claim the Benefit.

Carers Credit is for working age people who are looking after one or more disabled people for 20 or more hours a week. The money is not a cash benefit it is a credit that will help carers to protect their future State Pension entitlement when they are not working or when their earnings are low. To be eligible for the Carers Credit, the person or people being cared for must either, be receiving an appropriate disability benefit or a certificate must be supplied which has been certified by a Health or Social Care professional and confirms the level of care that is provided is required.

The figures given by Directgov this month advise that there are currently fewer than 1000 people getting this Credit.

If you think you can claim this Credit or know someone who also may be entitled call either 0845 608 4321 (Caring for Someone Section of Directgov) or call your local carers UK branch.

Approved Provider Project
Headway has recently developed an Approved Provider Scheme, a system for use in care homes, respite units and transitional living establishments for people with acquired brain injury.Assessed standards are measured to ensure the provision of specialist care for brain injured survivors with complex physical and cognitive issues.

Headway will inspect the care facilities and compile a directory of Approved Providers for use by families and professionals who require such information. A pilot study commenced in early 2010 with 10 sites utilising the standards and assessment criteria.

In-House News

Prospective clients have been visited in Norwich, London and Tyneside.

Client care reviews have taken place in Norwich.

A new post has commenced in Somerset for an elderly lady. Care Manager is Sarah, weekly wage �587.00 inc.

Charity market stalls were manned in Kings Lynn and Great Yarmouth to sell the celebration cookery book Able to Cook. The book has now been sold internationally in Australia, Canada and Eire.

Interesting Information / Statistics

Question of the Week
"My Father, now in his late 70's, has different sized feet. We find it difficult to buy footwear for him other than buying two pairs of shoes in different sizes. I have asked in my local shoe shop if they know where we might get advice and possibly be able to buy 'odd shoes'. They had no knowledge of any shop or organisation that might help, have you?"

Answer : This question has been asked before and seems to be quite a common problem. I would approach Solemates of 46 Gordon Road, London (Tel: 0208 524 2423) which is a voluntary organisation who help with problems with footwear for people with different sized feet and amputees. The organisation covers the whole of the British Isles and can offer the service for both adults and children.

Solemates can offer information on manufacturers and suppliers of odd sized footwear both pairs and singles. On occasions it can supply footwear.

The area of Tendring in Essex has the highest level of over 65's per capita in Europe.

Research and Markets said figures from the Office for Disability Issues (ODI) show there are around 11 million disabled people in Great Britain. Of these, approximately five million are above the state pension age. A further 800,000 are children. The report estimates that in 2008, the market for mobility aids and equipment for disabled people was worth �1.6 billion in the UK.

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.