February 17, 2011 -- Able Newsflash No.258

Care News

Care homes set to raise fees after landmark judgement. As a result, Councils will face more pressure to increase fees for care providers after a landmark legal ruling forced an authority to raise its rates.

Pembrokeshire Council increased its weekly fees to three care homes from �390 to �448 for each resident after a judicial review, at a cost of �1.5m to the authority.

In December, Mr Justice Hickinbottom concluded that the council had failed to give proper weight to the needs of residents and providers when deciding to freeze fees for 2010-11 at 2009-10 levels.

The judge ruled that its decision relied too heavily on the need to contain spending on care, without considering sufficiently the impact on the quality of care or the effects of the rising costs facing providers.

He ordered the council to remake the decision lawfully.

The council has said it would make a back payment for the fees at the higher rate and a one-off payment to compensate the care homes for lost interest.

Health and Adult Social care services in Scotland will be integrated to provide a better service and to help with the problems of delayed discharges for patients.

Instead of, for example, Health caring for a patient in hospital and on discharge handing over to Social Care the plan is to now have one Board responsible for commissioning the Health and Social care needs of the individual.

Shake-up of Criminal Record Regime and Vetting and Barring Scheme
More than nine million people working or volunteering with children and vulnerable adults will no longer need to register and be monitored by the state following an overhaul of the checking regime.

CRB checks to be simplified
The Government has announced that criminal records checks will be scaled back, become more portable and that the Criminal Records Bureau and Independent Safeguarding Authority will be merged.

In-House News

2 potential clients have been visited this week in Norfolk and Suffolk.

3 potential carers have been interviewed in the office.

A new post has commenced in Hertfordshire for an older lady who has Arthritis. Care Manager is Sam and the weekly wage is �582.00 inc.

Sadly, a younger client of ours died this week. We had cared for her since 2004. Apart from the two weeks when both her carers had reasons for not being able to work, M had two live-in care staff working on a rotational system for the last 18 months. Prior to this, other rotational systems had been in place for similar periods. One of her last two carers had been working with our client since 2004.

Our objective to raise a minimum of �1000 in the Norfolk, Support Macmillan Charity, has been boosted this week by one of our carers donating 18 jars of homemade marmalade, all of which have been sold.

Interesting Information / Statistics

Question of the Week
"I am disabled and my mobility is poor but I still drive. At petrol stations I am finding it increasingly difficult to serve myself and I have been told that there is an aid which I can use to call for assistance to help me fill up my car. I have asked friends who do not have any further information, do you?"

Answer : I think you are talking about Servicecall which is a method for disabled drivers to call for service where accessing the service is difficult. The aid is a small palm held piece of equipment which you aim, press the button and functions up to 50 metres away. At the petrol station, there will be a receiver which will then flash and a bleep inside alerting staff to your need for assistance.

Not only do petrol stations that have this system to help but other organisations such as supermarkets, building societies and banks, Network Rail and Job Centre Plus. All will offer assistance as a result of the ServiceCall you hold in your hand.

The cost is �14.95 which includes P&P, battery and there is a list of instructions which advise where receivers are in your area.

For further details contact:

�840m of Carers Allowance goes unclaimed according to research. Is there someone you know who could be claiming it?

Where it is available, the WRVS transport volunteers can arrange for older people living in nursing or residential homes to have a day out. The trip could be a drive in the country, a visit to the shops, etc. To see if this is available in a particular area, call the local branch.

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.