January 06, 2011 -- Able Newsflash No.252

"A Happy and Prosperous New Year Wish to all Readers of this Newsflash"

Care News

Diabetes UK published a Report last December with reference to older people in care homes. Their Report advises that one care home resident with diabetes is admitted to hospital every 25 minutes.

The Report found that six out of ten care homes in England which have residents with diabetes did not provide training to their staff about the condition. The organisation is pressing for more awareness, screening and training in care home settings.

In-House News

All clients of Able Community Care who required continuous care cover over the Christmas and New Year periods received their cover. Emergencies did occur but were managed and successful conclusions reached.

Interesting Information / Statistics

Leonard Cheshire Disability is currently working with Debenhams to help them with their commitment to making all their stores fully accessible to disabled people. Last year the store became the first high street retailer to use a disabled model.

Question of the Week
"My Aunt is moving into a care home and has put her bungalow up for sale in order to pay her care home bills. I know her care bills will be paid by her local authority for the first twelve weeks, but what happens if after that, she has not sold her bungalow as she will not have the money to pay. Will she be moved elsewhere?"

Answer : If her bungalow has not been sold, she will not have to move out of the care home she is living in as her Local Authority will continue to pay her care home account under a deferred payment scheme.

Once her former home is sold, then the money will be repaid to the Local Authority. Usually the money is �lent� interest free but has to be paid back usually within 56 days of the bungalow sale going through.

Finally... Social Care � Have we got it right?

Social care/domiciliary care is purchased by or on behalf of thousands of elderly people in the UK who wish to remain living in their own home.

The majority of social care is delivered on an hourly basis from early in the morning to later in the evening and the services provided are regulated, efficient and safer for both individuals and their care staff. The care staff are trained, care plans and risk assessments carried out, all necessary boxes ticked.

However, I am beginning to think we may have legislated/specified out an important factor when providing hourly home care. The factor is care consideration of the individual's home, the environment in which they live and the demoralising affect small tasks not being done, has on someone whose home is one of the most important things they have left.

I am not talking about carrying out domestic tasks which have a time element of many minutes upwards but the little things that keep a person's home as they used to keep it and wish to continue to live in.

I am experiencing hourly home care for a close relative at the present time and usually, for the two sessions per day booked, carers work to the care plan, are pleasant, complete the daily record sheet and usually manage to leave ten minutes early having completed the tasks laid down and giving themselves time to get to the next client.

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.