October 07, 2010 -- Able Newsflash No.240

Care News

Counsel and Care yesterday named Poole as the most expensive out of 56 local authorities it surveyed in August for home care, at �19.70 an hour.

The charity that helps multiple sclerosis victims has, as a result of its AGM in September, advised of the following:

The MS centres in York, Surrey, Warwickshire and East Lothian face closure if they are not taken over by other organisations.

It is planned that the centres will close down by the end of next year, aiming instead to offer more personalised forms of treatment and help members to take holidays.

A spokeswoman said: "This will ensure more people affected by MS will be able to access short breaks that are right for them. Most people's preferred setting for a break is a holiday venue rather than a residential care home."
(Source: The Express)

Suffolk County Council's plan to outsource their services is likely to include services such as Independent Living Centres, Youth Clubs, Children's Services (including Child Protection) and home care. Unions are opposed to many of the cuts but other councils are looking at the project with interest.

In-House News

Two prospective clients have been visited in Nottinghamshire and Norfolk.

Clients have had review meetings in Nottinghamshire and London.

Carers interviewed in Norwich office and Portsmouth.

Manual handling training has taken place in office at Norwich.

One new post has commenced: A young gentleman with Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Wage �624.00 p.w. inclusive. Care Manager Sarah Wright.

Interesting Information / Statistics

Needing to find out the cost of hourly care for a report I was writing I rang two domiciliary care companies in Bedfordshire to ask about their care services and hourly cost. The first one asked me to ring back later in the day and the other one said they could not give me that information as they had no permission to do that until their manager came in the next day. At a time of reducing care hours and care companies going out of business in increasing numbers, I felt a prospective customer should have been made more welcome!

With the colder weather with us for several months ahead the recommended, room, minimum temperature for older people in their home is 21C (70F).

Question of the Week
"My older brother is disabled and more or less housebound in that he only goes out as far as his garden gate. He has problems with his teeth (He does not have a dentist). Is there an NHS dental service that will visit him at home?"

Answer : It is possible to have NHS dental treatment at home but it is dependent on what treatment is actually needed and that the service is available in his area. To find out how to access the home dental service if it is available contact your brothers GP.

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.