November 25, 2010 -- Able Newsflash No.247

Care News

NHS organisations are expected under the operating framework for 2010/2011 to eliminate mixed sex accommodation except where it is in the overall interest of the patient or reflects personal choice. This is currently not always happening so letters have been sent to NHS Trusts with reference to eliminating breaches of this policy.

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.
(Source: CQC)

In-House News

Potential clients have been visited in Dorset and Suffolk.

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.

Interesting Information / Statistics

Question of the Week
"I live in Germany and my Mother is in the South West of England. I regularly send her small presents as a treat. However, she does not hear the the doorbell when the postman comes and is being left the standard card which means she has to get someone to collect the parcel for her from the post office.Do you know of any door bell aid that she could have to alert her to when her front door bell rings?"

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:

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:

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.
(Source: scils)

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".

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.