December 23, 2010 -- Able Newsflash No.251

Care News

The Warm Front Scheme has been abolished for this financial year. Any applications that were made before December 15 will be granted and new funds will be made available in the new tax year beginning April 6, 2011. However, of the allocated grants, 76,000 have yet to have had the work done and another 50,000 who have signed up must now wait until spring.

The Warm Front Scheme installs insulation and heating measures up to the value of �3,500, or �6,000 where oil central heating or alternative low carbon technologies are recommended. Warm Front installs measures to make your home warmer, healthier and more energy efficient. It is for people on certain disability or income-related benefits.

Shortage of agency care staff, in particular hourly care staff, is a growing problem.

Needing to find an older relative of mine agency care in the mornings for one hour and for half an hour any time of the evening, starting on 4th January, proved impossible. Armed with the Domiciliary Care Providers List of my County and Yellow Pages, I rang round. One agency less than two miles away did not service the area in which my Aunt lived, two others said simply they could not do it, one agency only were accepting jobs of five hours or more per day, one could only offer male staff, but one said they could do it from the date and arranged an assessment visit yesterday. They did not turn up, no phone call or apology, and a call to their office elicited the information that they had �problems�. They could not now do the assessment visit until 3rd January and then they would decide if they could provide the cover.

Coming from a domiciliary care background I found this situation frustrating, time consuming and depressing. For people who have a need for care at what is a difficult time for themselves and their families, the experience that I have had will be much more difficult for them to understand and can only cause them added stress. The process will discourage them from seeking agency care where at least care staff are recruited within legal guidelines and the protection this offers and it is likely that many �care workers� will be privately recruited without any safeguards or training being in place. Not a good situation.

In-House News

A potential client visit has taken place in Hertfordshire.

Review visits and monitoring visits have taken place in Hertfordshire, Norfolk and London.

A new post has commenced in Cornwall for a lady who has LD. Care Manager is Katie and weekly wage is �668.00 inc.

Interesting Information / Statistics

Question of the Week
"A friend mentioned a book about talking dogs. The book was written from the viewpoint of a dog that spoke. I have not been able to find it, can you help please?"

Answer : is a sight where you should be able to purchase a copy. The book is a story which demonstrates how talking dogs help deaf people. If you are unable to purchase one from the organisation, Amazon had a second-hand copy when I looked.

Finally for 2010 may I wish all readers of the Newsflash a Happy and Safe Festive Season and hope to meet up with you again in 2011.

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.