August 04, 2011 -- Able Newsflash No.282

Care News

Allied Healthcare International has been bought by Saga. Allied Healthcare has 120 branches which offer home healthcare across the UK and Ireland. The deal is worth �106m and is expected to be completed by the end of 2011.

Under the Freedom of Information Act, Action on Elder Abuse have published the figure that more than 3,000 active care homes had conditions placed upon them by the Regulator requiring them to have a registered manager in place. 16% of them are waiting for CQC clearance. Of equal concern, all four of the primary residential care providers had large numbers of homes with significant breaches of standards. For more information go to:
(Source: SCILS)

Sue Ryder is planning to transfer all of its home care services in England and Wales to another provider. The charity has taken the strategic decision to move away from home care in order to concentrate on its palliative and neurological care services.

In-House News

Client care reviews have taken place in Derbyshire, Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk.

A 'spot check' has taken place in Essex.

One potential live-in carer has been interviewed this week.

Interesting Information / Statistics

A hip fracture costs the NHS around �13,000

Research by the Co-op Pharmacy shows that 1.5million visits in 2009/10 resulted in the �patients� being given medical advice or guidance while another 450,000 ended in the patient leaving before even being seen by a doctor or a nurse.

Question of the Week
"I have a disabled relative who is coming to live in the UK and he wants to buy or rent a property that is already adapted and has asked me to do some research for him. Any ideas?"

Answer : one of the places you could try is the organisation Mobility Friendly Homes. Their criteria for a mobility friendly home are that a property can be either;

Accessible with:

Adaptations: The company specialises in putting you in contact with estate agents who are appropriate for a person wishing to purchase or rent such properties. Similarly, they provide the service to people wishing to sell these types of properties.

Contact details can be found on the website:

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.

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