July 21, 2011 -- Able Newsflash No.280

Care News

Sainsbury's shoppers are to be asked if they will help local community charities and disadvantaged people in their local area by donating store cupboard essentials from their weekly shop.

The scheme is being trialled in 19 of their stores which includes stores in London, Birmingham and Aberdeen.

The charity with whom Sainsbury's is working is FairShare which is a national food charity which re-distributes quality, surplus food from the food industry to people in need. Marks and Spencer�s and The Co-op already work with the charity.

Sainsbury's has worked with the charity also, since 1994 but this will be the first time it has asked it�s customers to participate.

Food from FairShare helps up to 35,000 people per day through around 700 local charities.

Following the break-up of the country's biggest chain, Southern Cross, a survey by Laing & Buisson found that the majority of local authorities in England have either "frozen or reduced" the amount they pay residential care companies for looking after elderly or disabled adults.

Across Britain, the average "fee uplift" for 2011-12 will be just 0.3 per cent, the worst on record and "significantly below" the 2.8 per cent which experts believe is needed to keep pace with cost inflation in the sector.

It means care home operators will see a 2.5 per cent fall in their margins, and while some will be able to cope by cutting staff costs it could mean others go to the wall.

Laing & Buisson said, "More operators of residential care homes for the elderly could be forced into administration thanks to ever-tightening margins".
(Source: The Telegraph)

A Freedom of Information request has revealed that the Care Quality Commission has said that there is no regular requirement to monitor the criminal records of providers and staff at care homes.

The FOI request by Financial Adviser showed there were no recommendations about how often or whether criminal record bureau checks should be re-done.

The CQC response said it only requires Criminal Records Bureau checks at first registration, adding; "Neither CRB nor CQC make any recommendations about how often or whether CRB checks should be re-done. Employers should decide about this".

This explains how some potential care staff we interview have CRBs that are older than three years. No new live-in carer is accepted on to our Register until we have received a current CRB which we obtain on their behalf. New CRBs are requested by us at regular three year intervals, as we were told to do when the Commission for Social Care Inspection was in place.

In-House News

This week 4 potential carer interviews have taken place in Norfolk and Derbyshire.

A potential client visit has taken place in Kent.

Our Risk Assessor has attended a MAR chart training session. (Medicine Administration Recording).

Client care reviews/ risk assessments/monitoring visits/pop in's, have taken place in Greater Manchester and Hertfordshire.

Just for interest:
This week we have been approached by a Council to provide a live-in care package to a lady at risk with dementia, requiring personal care, domestic and social care, for a total of �535.00pw. This has to include the live-in carers wage, travel costs, food, the agency fee and vat. Sadly, we could not provide the total service for this amount.

Interesting Information / Statistics

The Alzheimer's Society has an A4, 4 page leaflet that can be obtained from the Society, which will be of interest to anyone who is going into hospital with Alzheimer's. The leaflet entitled "This is me" is a simple and practical tool that someone going into hospital can give to staff to help them understand the condition. It provides a 'snapshot' of the person with dementia, giving information about them as an individual, such as needs, preferences, likes, dislikes and interests. This should enable staff to treat each person as an individual, thereby reducing distress for them and their carers and helping to prevent issues such as malnutrition and dehydration.

Question of the Week
"I have been asked to go on a trip abroad with a friend who is in poor health. If the worst happens and unfortunately she dies whilst we are away, I would not know what to do. Could you give me some advice please?"

Answer : If the person dies while you're abroad with them the The British Consulate will support you by offering practical advice and help with funeral arrangements and other possible formalities such as inquests. There are 170 British Consulates around the globe so contacting them is not usually a problem.

If you are travelling on a package holiday then the tour operator will be able to contact funeral directors and British Consular staff for you.

I have personal experience of a family member who died whilst abroad and the tour company used were excellent at what was an extremely sad and difficult time.

The most important safeguard however, is to make sure that you travel with holiday insurance that covers the death of a holiday maker. If you do not have insurance in place the cost of the repatriation, perhaps the need to stay in the place where the death occurred for several days more, further travel cost implications, medical fees, etc, has to be paid for personally and can be extremely expensive.

The Royal British Legion spends over �1.2m a week on welfare work and help around 100,000 people each year.

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.

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