April 14, 2011 -- Able Newsflash No.266

Care News

The National Minimum Wage for adults will increase by 15p per hour from October to �6.08 an hour, an increase of 2.5% from October. This is of particular significance for the care sector in an era when many local authority contracts did not offer any increase to the hourly rate they pay for care in this financial year. Increased costs relating to running a care business, e.g. recruitment, transport, advertising, etc. have already had to be absorbed and a 2.5% increase to staff wages, usually the care businesses highest cost, may mean that some companies will not survive.

The treatment centre for people with brain injuries, part of the Edgware Community Hospital, has closed.

CQC Warns That Unregistered Care Providers Face Prosecution, UKThe Care Quality Commission is urging people who engage agencies to provide personal care services in their own homes to check that the organisation is properly registered.

By law some home care agencies that provide personal care must be registered so that inspectors can ensure that the services they provide are meeting essential standards of quality and safety. Providers who break the law can be prosecuted.

CQC has recently taken legal action against one woman who ran a domiciliary care agency in Dorset without being registered.

The woman had admitted providing personal care services to vulnerable people in their own homes in Poole over a period of time, even though she had not registered with the Care Quality Commission or its predecessor, the Commission for Social Care Inspection.

CQC had evidence that the agency had been using 14 different care staff to provide services for 13 individual people. She was formally cautioned by the Care Quality Commission, and warned that she might be prosecuted if she repeated the offence.

Bernadette Hanney, acting Regional Director of the Care Quality Commission in the South West, said that CQC would not hesitate to take action against providers who were not properly registered.

She said: "This provider was effectively running her agency outside of regulation and all the safeguards which that system brings. The essential standards have been approved by Parliament to protect people who use services.

"We are aware of concerns regarding other unregistered services and for that reason we are keen to encourage people to make sure that any health or social care provider is registered with us, and to check on our website if there is any doubt."


Sunbed businesses that allow under 18�s to use them will risk being fined up to �20,000. This is a result of The Sunbeds (Regulation) Act 2010.

In-House News

Prospective clients have been visited in Norfolk, Dorset and Suffolk.

A new post has commenced in Norfolk for an older lady. Care Manager is Jackie, weekly wage is �506.00pw inc.

Sam, Jackie and Chris attended their second day as part of a course on Palliative Care.

We apologise again for any person who has tried to contact us via email or our website on the internet. The BT problem still has not been resolved and we are now seeking outside help to get us back online.

Interesting Information / Statistics

Question of the Week
"My parents live in a rented house and have a joint savings account and no other savings apart from about 20 Premium Bonds. The balance of their savings is just over �36,000. My Mother has been poorly for some time and my Father has cared for her but on advice, as his own health is deteriorating, is considering moving Mum into a local care home.

Will he have to pay for Mum�s keep until their savings are down to �23,250?"

Answer : No, because, as the joint savings account is their only savings, the financial assessment carried out on behalf of your Mother would only be in relation to half of their savings, circa �18,000 which is deemed to be �her� savings. Therefore, she would be eligible for her care home place without charge.

In Northern Ireland approximately half of domiciliary care is provided by the statutory sector and half by the independent sector.
(Source: Belfast Telegraph)

�26billion is the total annual cost to employers with reference to mental health problems amongst staff.

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.