June 09, 2011 -- Able Newsflash No.274

Care News

It has been widely reported that the CQC (Care Quality Commission) has a staff shortage of nearly three hundred posts which includes a shortage of 133 inspectors.

The Sunday Times reported that the care home operator Southern Cross plans to raise �100m of new equity, close 200 care homes and change its name.

Hospital car park charges vary throughout the UK. In Scotland and Wales the charges have been scrapped.

For a 2 hour park in Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust the charge is �4.00 per hour and their income from parking is �1.79m, the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust charge �1.50 and their annual income is �2.4m and the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust charge �2.40 for the 2 hours and this generates an annual income of �2.40m.

Across the NHS in England total profits from parking rose to around �32m. The average car park charge is approx. �2.29 for two hours which is 60% higher than council car parks used by shoppers. All NHS trusts making a profit advise that the money is re-invested in patient care.

In-House News

David Gifford attended an NHS Continuing Care Meeting.

A new post has commenced in Norfolk for an older lady who requires overall support. Care Manager is Jackie and the weekly wage is �592.00 inc.

Sadly we lost one of our clients this week for whom we had been providing care for seven years.

Interesting Information / Statistics

Question of the Week
"I have an Aunt who has the onset of dementia and I and my family are discussing as to how her care will be paid for when it becomes necessary for someone other than the family to care for her.

I have heard about NHS Continuing Care but know very little about it, can you offer further information?"

Answer : As your Aunt has dementia, I can give you information to a website that gives comprehensive information about NHS Continuing Care. The website is that of The Alzheimer�s organisation which has a section headed �Top ten tips and hints on preparing your case for NHS continuing healthcare�. It also has other help and advice for those with dementia and their families.

The advice given is comprehensive and if you do not have access to the internet, give them a call on 0845 3000336, which is their helpline number.

Many are stolen and not returned to the NHS. Supermarkets which provide wheelchairs for their customers, are finding that theirs are being stolen.

Those that are not returned may be placed in a shed or a loft with the intention of returning them �at some time� but may are appearing at car boot sales or being sold second hand. Many hospitals hold a �wheelchair amnesty� in order to regain some of this lost equipment.

Going on holiday? Then it may be advantageous to go to http://www.dh.gov.uk/travellers and take a look at: Health Advice for Travellers.

The 61 pages booklet covers many subjects including �How to get reduced-costs, sometimes free medical treatment in Europe�.

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.