March 31, 2011 -- Able Newsflash No.264

Care News

Lord Hutton has said that public sector pensions, where the current retirement age for the Local Government Pension Scheme is 65 years of age, should be changed to a qualifying age of 66 years from 2020 and to 68 years of age in 2046.

Council home care services currently have differing upper limits as to how much people can be asked to pay. It can vary from �200 pw in Neath to as little as �16.20 in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

Now the Assembly Government is to introduce a maximum charge for people who are receiving council home care, at �50pw. In addition transport charges to day centres are to end.

A third of London GPs are unable to diagnose dementia. This is from a study commissioned by the City of London Corporation�s City Bridge Trust in which it also says that there is a failure of integration between health and social care services.

In-House News

Prospective clients have been visited in Middlesex and Lincolnshire.

MH training has taken place for carers in South Wales.

Client reviews/team meetings have taken place in Richmond, Sunderland and Stockport.

A new client post has commenced in Essex for an older lady with cancer. Care Manager is Sam, weekly wage is �608 inc.

Another new client post has commenced in London for an older lady, Care Manager is Sam and weekly wage is �587 inc.

Interesting Information / Statistics

It is expected that approx 150 Age Concerns will have become Age UK�s by today. It is now estimated that three in four older people have an Age UK local to them.

Less than 8% of disabled people are wheelchair users.

Question of the Week
"I live in a small terrace house with my garden laid down to lawn at the front and the back. Unfortunately, I am no longer able to cut my lawns and would like to find a solution so that my outside space looks tidy and neat. I have heard that there are electrical lawnmowers that can cut the grass unaided so can you tell me where I can find out some information about them please."

Answer : If your lawn is a simple straight shape, and it sounds as though it might be then a robotic, battery powered mower might be the answer. They are simple to use, currently priced around �600 and many well known companies manufacture them. Ask at any good garden centre or lawnmower specialist and they should be able to give you further information.

There is also a website, where you can read firsthand about many of these mowers and �Fred� gives you his opinion on their use for ease, results, etc.

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.