June 30, 2011 -- Able Newsflash No.277

Care News

The first World Report on Disability, produced by The World Health Organisation and the World Bank suggests that over a billion people in the world experience a disability. One of the conclusions is that people with a disability have generally poorer health, lower education achievements, fewer economic opportunities and higher rates of poverty. The Report says that these problems are largely due to the lack of services available to people with a disability and the many obstacles they face in their everyday lives. For further details visit http://www.who.int

Research by Age UK shows that the use of cheques is of particular importance to older people with 73% currently using cheques as a means of payment.

Age UK believes that there is a real risk that unless an acceptable alternative can be found to the using of cheques, many older people will have to revert back to using cash, which means keeping cash at home which is not to be encouraged. In addition older people will become more reliant on other people to access cash for them, buy gifts, pay bills, etc.

Age UK is calling for the Government to protect vulnerable consumers and to ensure that everybody has a safe, accessible and affordable way to pay without relying on cash.

Alzheimer's Society position paper on assistive technology - 24th June 2011

The Alzheimer�s Society has published a position paper on assistive technology for people with dementia, based on a literature review and a seminar of stakeholders. The paper provides an introduction to AT (low-tech and high-tech), discusses how AT can enable better care and help carers, considers how people with dementia in the UK could have better access to AT, looks at future developments and government policies in this area, and makes recommendations to address the practical and ethical issues raised.

For more information go to http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/site/scripts/documents_info.php?documentID=109
(Source: Skills for Care)

In-House News

Potential clients have been visited in London and the West Midlands.

Client reviews have been held in Norfolk and Hertfordshire.

Potential carers have been interviewed in Hampshire and Surrey.

Reviewing our live-in carer files, 90+ carers have been working in excess of 10 years with Able clients. Two have been with the company in excess of 20 years.

1000 more of our charity cookery book, Able to Cook, has been distributed this week to outlets. If you have not purchased a copy you may like to go to our Able to Cook webpage at /abletocook.html for further details. Charities benefiting from all profits of this book are Age UK and Connects and Co. (Supports young carers in Norfolk).

Interesting Information / Statistics

Question of the Week
"I have had one of my live-in carers from you for several years. I would now like to engage my carer on a private basis. Can you tell me what my responsibilities are if I do this?"

Answer : To put it simply, you take on the role and responsibilities as an employer.

This means that you will be responsible for deducting tax and National Insurance from the care workers wage and sending them to HMRC together with your employees National Insurance Contribution.

As an employee your carer will be entitled to rest breaks, a maximum number of working hours in any week, holiday and sick pay.

As an employer you must take out Employers Liability Insurance and Public Liability Insurance.

Your carer will need a written statement of the terms and conditions of their employment and this must include details of: pay, hours of work, holiday entitlement, sick pay arrangements, notice period and information about disciplinary and grievance procedures.

There is help available to help with these above requirements and your local Social Services, the CAB, Age UK or other local advocacy services will help you.

In addition you could go to the http://www.direct.gov.uk website and search for the guide entitled, "Your responsibilities when employing a professional carer". (Direct link: http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/DisabledPeople/HealthAndSupport/ArrangingHealthAndSocialCare/DG_10034402)

At 106, Lilly has recently become the oldest person to be registered on Facebook.

Flip flops injure around 200,000 per year which costs the NHS approx. �40m treating the injuries.
(Source: EDP)

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.

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