March 17, 2011 -- Able Newsflash No.262

Care News

Birmingham Council is facing a legal challenge over its plan to set an unprecedented high �super critical� threshold for adult care. The case is being brought in relation to a 65 year old woman with significant learning difficulties.
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Last week the BBC featured a report on care home regulation in connection with the fact that central inspection/regulation of care homes was being ended and that the tasks of inspection and regulation would return to a local level.

The Quality Care Commission has responded to the report pointing out inaccuracies as they see them. For details of their response visit their website at

Britain's biggest care home group is teetering on the brink of collapse after warning that "unsustainable" rents have left it facing financial ruin.

Shares in Southern Cross - which cares for 31,000 elderly people and employs 45,000 staff - plunged 65 per cent as bosses urged the Government to step in and help.

Unions immediately claimed there was a real threat residents could be left "homeless" while rivals called for Southern Cross to be split up.

Chief exec Jamie Buchan said the group was suffering from a fall in referrals from cash-strapped councils as the rents spiral on its 745 homes.(Source: The Sun and others)

In-House News

Our Manager in the South West has successfully completed her NVQ3 in Social Care.

A prospective client has been visited this week in Norfolk.

A new post has commenced in South Wales for a young lady with CP. Care Manager is Sarah, weekly wage is �635.00 inc.

Client reviews have taken place in Norfolk and Suffolk.

Sadly one of our clients died this week. We had provided continuous cover for M since 2001. M had a rota of returning regular live-in care workers.

Radio Wey kindly invited me to appear on their program on Saturday evening to talk about live-in care as an option for people who do not wish to move into a care home and were also kind enough to give the charity cook book "Able to Care" a mention.

Interesting Information / Statistics

The number of CRB checks received and processed for volunteers continues to increase. In 2002 there were 155,068 checks. In 2010 the number had risen to 928,106. The reality is that many volunteers are being lost to community services as a result of the CRB checks.

Question of the Week
"I love cooking for friends and family and although I am of the �older generation� I still like trying our new recipes. Unfortunately, my sight is not as it was and recently I have made mistakes because the dial on my scales is small. Do you have any knowledge of where I can either buy the equivalent of �big print� scales or if there is such a product, a �talking� scales?"

Answer : Certainly �talking� scales are easily available and two organisations that I know sell them are Amazon and The RNIB.

Many manufacturers make electronic scales with a large digital display. Salter makes one for example. A look in a good hardware shop or online will give you the range available if you prefer this type of model.

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.