July 07, 2011 -- Able Newsflash No.278

Care News

The Dilnot Report re. the funding of future care has brought the subject of care funding into the public domain, which can only be welcome.

There are some good ideas which are proposed but these are just that, proposals at the present time. I read that the White Paper will not go before the Government until December and anything coming from this will not produce changes immediately and it is likely to be three/four years before anything tangible is seen.

The area of payment for social care is still unclear and it may have been an easier, quicker and fairer route to find the money for social care from general taxation.

The majority of people, if given the choice, would prefer to stay in their own home and I am disappointed that this point does not seem to be equally recognised in the report.

The idea that local authorities could make loans to help pay for residential care and recover the money after death/ home sold, is good, but why not do the same for those thousands of people who wish to stay in the home they already have. This already happens in some areas. For example, in the Borough of Kensington and Chelsea people can borrow up to a �30,000 ceiling to pay for homecare. However, one downside is that the arrangement fee is circa �1000.00.

It is also worth mentioning that for people with high dependency care needs, the sums mentioned e.g. �35,000.00 does not actually buy too much care.

The number of companies in the care sector becoming insolvent is rising. In the first six months of this year there was an approx. 50% increase. Reasons given are increasing operating costs, increased rents, reduction in local authority fees, reduced contract hours and a general reduction with reference to the current financial situation that people and their families are facing.

Bedsores are the cause of death for many people and health chiefs have advised that the cost of treating sufferers uses 4% of the NHS entire budget.

A new league table has been published which lists the hospitals with the worst record for bedsores. The worst hospital is named as the Warrington and Halton Hospitals Trust followed by The Medway Trust in Kent, Southend University Hospital Trust, Royal Bolton Hospital in greater Manchester and the Watford General West Herts Trust.
(Source: Social Care Information and Learning Services)

In-House News

Prospective clients have been visited in Yorkshire, West Midlands and in Devon.

New Care Manager has attended a Safeguarding Adults training course.

3 prospective carer interviews have taken place.

Client care reviews have taken place in Yorkshire, South Wales, Somerset and Norfolk.

New posts have commenced:

Interesting Information / Statistics

Many residents of care homes are enjoying the company of chickens! People who are affected by dementia may have happy memories of looking after chickens as a child or of having chickens as part of feeding their family.

The chickens provide pleasure, topics for conversation and eggs!

77% of over 65�s are now online.

Question of the Week
"I am disabled and I work in the catering industry. I think I am being unfairly treated and it is because of my disability. Would you advise that I seek help from a solicitor? Could I claim the fees that might arise from anywhere?"

Answer : Using a solicitor could be expensive and there is no legal aid for issues surrounding employment. There are several places you could seek help and guidance from if you feel you are being discriminated against by your employer:

ACAS, the conciliation service may be able to help and their services are free. You can make contact with them by telephoning 0845 747 4747 and you can visit their website at http://www.acas.org.uk

Locally if you have a Law Centre you could contact them or you could contact your local CAB.

All the above will offer confidential help and advice in the first instance and support if the situation arises where your complaint warrants further action.

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.

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