An article in The Telegraph has revealed that �in the past year more than 20,000 pensioners were forced to sell their houses to meet expensive residential care home fees�. This is an increase of 17 per cent in the past five years.
The average size of a care home is growing. In 2004 the average size of a residential care home or nursing home was 23 beds. In 2010 the average size is 25 beds.
Care homes with 10 beds or less are more likely to be rated as good or excellent than those with 40 beds or more.
The quality of all sizes of care homes has improved since star ratings were introduced in 2008.
Client reviews have taken place in Hampshire, Suffolk and Lancashire.
Carer interviews have taken place in Yorkshire, Norfolk and Surrey.
A new post has commenced in Somerset for an elderly lady who needs overall support. Care Manager is Sarah and weekly wage is �576.00 inc.
A Children in Need day was held in the office and funds of just under �200 were raised.
Answer : The RNID sell doorbells to help people with just this problem. They have a range of doorbells that are extremely loud, can be of varying tune formation, and a receiver can be carried round from room to room if necessary and one has a range of up to 200 yards. The receiver will ring and flash up to 20 times to alert the person or work to other combinations.
For details on the various models visit the RNID website at: http://www.rnid.org.uk/shop
Changes to The Disability Living Allowance rules from 11th April next year mean that some blind people will be entitled to claim the Higher Rate Mobility Component. For details visit: http://www.rnib.org.uk/livingwithsightloss
Currently over a million older people receive care and support in their own home. 81% of publicly funded homecare is provided by the independent sector.
General Public Information
This has been confirmed by the Royal Mail. The Trading Standards Office are making people aware of the following scam:
A card is posted through your door from a company called PDS (Parcel Delivery Service) suggesting that they were unable to deliver a parcel and that you need to contact them on 0906 6611911 (a Premium rate number).
DO NOT call this number, as this is a mail scam originating from Belize.
If you call the number and you start to hear a recorded message you will already have been billed �315 for the phone call.
If you do receive a card with these details, then please contact Royal Mail Fraud on 020 7239 6655.
We hope you have enjoyed reading this and "see you next week".
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.