November 04, 2010 -- Able Newsflash No.244

Care News

Adult care providers in England face a �3.3m hike in annual regulatory fees next year under proposals launched for consultation today by the Care Quality Commission.Though some providers would face lower fees, many would see an increase.

Fees for care home providers would continue to be based on the number of places they provide, though the structure will change. Fees for other providers would be based on the number of locations from which they provide services.

The annual fee for a care home with 25 registered places would rise from �2,772 to �3,000, while a domiciliary care agency with two registered branches would face an increase from �1,882 to �2,000 a year.

The changes are intended to increase the share of the CQC's regulatory costs met by fees from 56% to 67%, and is part of a gradual move towards full cost recovery, in line with government policy.
(Source: Guide to Care)

Reduction of some in-house care services are being phased out as part of the current financial crisis. It is estimated that the private sector can reduce the costs of the provision of home care services by up to 30% less. Both Bromley and Leeds LA's have announced that they have intentions to do this.

In-House News

I mention the following as the circumstances happened at one of our client's homes last week:

At around 9.30pm a knock on the door at our client�s home was opened by our live-in carer and two people stood there. They introduced themselves as being from Age UK and could they come in. Our carer refused to let them in, rang another older gentleman further down the road whom she knew lived on his own to warn him not to open his door and then phoned the Police. Our carer is now helping with Police enquiries and it is hoped there will be a suitable result to the process.

Prospective clients have been visited this week in Essex, Hampshire, Suffolk and North Wales.

Potential carer interviews have been held in Wales, Cheltenham, Middlesex and Norwich.

MH Training has taken place in Norwich.

A new post has commenced in Warwickshire for a lady in her late sixties, suffering with mental health problems. Care Manager is Jackie and the wage is �598.00pw. inc.

Interesting Information / Statistics

As many as 150 people a year in the UK are estimated to die or suffer serious injured in accidents involving mobility scooters.

Question of the Week
"Could you explain what individual Personal Budgets are and can anyone get them, what can you use them for and any other information relevant please?"

Answer : Personal Budgets are designed to give a person more control about how they receive their support in the community. A personal allocation of funds is given and is to be spent on the activities and items as agreed in a Support Plan.

The stages of applying for a Budget involve finding out about what social care support is necessary to improve your lifestyle and independence.

You will need to complete a questionnaire about the above and discuss it with a social worker. A financial assessment is also carried out. This assessment will also check to make sure a person is receiving all the benefits they are entitled to.

As a result of the information in the questionnaire, a Support Plan will be written outlining the help you need and this will be submitted for approval.

If your Support Plan is approved then you will be allocated your Personal Budget.

Examples of how a Personal Budget can be spent:

Personal Budgets cannot be paid for health care needs that are provided by the NHS, gambling, normal household costs such as food, the services, cigarettes, alcohol, etc.

You will be asked to account for your spending of the Budget on a regular basis.

Local Authorities and Care Trusts should all have information leaflets, so for contact numbers in your area, look in your local telephone book and give them a call.

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.