February 03, 2011 -- Able Newsflash No.256

Care News

Personal Budgets � people who require social care are being encouraged to take on Personal Budgets and the Putting People First Consortium would like to know how the system is working. They would like people who have a personal budget or their carers or supporters to let the Consortium know. For further details on how to do this go to:

In addition the Putting People First Consortium has said that research has been carried out which shows that people who pay for their social care are often disadvantaged by a lack of guidance. Very often they accept what they see is on offer rather than knowing where to go for advice to enable them to possibly make a better, informed choice.

The Office for National Statistics has given figures that between 2005 and 2009 more than 650 elderly residents died of dehydration in care homes. Figures also reveal that 157 pensioners died of malnutrition. Care home residents who died in hospital are not included in the statistics.

The Care Management Group is to be sold by its majority shareholder Chaitanya Patel, who is reportedly expecting a sale price of somewhere in the vicinity of �100m.

Comprising just over a hundred sites throughout Southern England and Wales, the company specialises in helping children and adults with physical disabilities, learning disabilities, sensory impairments, chronic mental health needs, communication problems and challenging behaviours.

One of the frontrunners to buy the business is Advent Capital, which has just bought the 66-clinic strong Priory Group from the Royal bank of Scotland. It also owns care home operator Craegmoor which may well be a good merger match for Care Management Group.
(Source: Business Sale Report)

In-House News

A prospective client has been visited in Norfolk.

MH training and potential carer interviews have taken place in Cornwall.

A client review has taken place in Sunderland and in Greater Manchester.

A new post has commenced in Dorset for a frail older lady. Care Manager is Sarah and weekly wage is �549.00 inc.

A new post has commenced in Hampshire for an elderly lady with a terminal illness. Care Manager is Sarah and weekly wage is �582.00 inc.

Last week a talk was given by Able Community Care in Great Yarmouth to a Probus Club on the present situation of accessing and paying for care, both home care and residential care, in the current situation.

Able Community Care had a letter published in the weekly Community Care Magazine. The letter dealt with the small jobs that do not go on care plans and so therefore are invariably not done e.g. taking out dead flowers from the vase, putting the packet from last nights frozen meal in the bin, emptying the bin, wiping or dusting round, all two minute type jobs which make a home a nicer place to live in.

Interesting Information / Statistics

Last year the WRVS Good Neighbour Volunteers made over 90,000 visits.

The number of prescriptions handed out to people suffering from allergies, diabetes and obesity : There were a total of 842.5 million prescription items dispensed in 2008 - a 5.8% rise on the figures for 2007 and a 64.1% rise on statistics for 1998 when 513.2 million items were prescribed.
(Source: NHS Statistics)

Question of the Week
"I have Parkinson�s Disease and I find that I am dribbling at night. Do you know where I can get some disposable, pillow cases or have you any other ideas to help protect my bedding?"

Answer : You can buy disposable pillow cases from several sources one of which is Online First Aid of Lincoln. They sell them in packs of 50 for �12.01 inc of vat. You can telephone them on 0844 884 58 59. An alternative is that Boots sell a waterproof pillow case that is made of cotton, is soft and can be washed. You can get them from Boots and the price is approx. �9.00.

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.