February 16, 2012 -- Able Newsflash No.309

Care News

Sun Life Direct's Cost of Dying Report

According to Sun Life Direct's fifth annual Cost of Dying Report, which was carried out independently by Mintel, end of life costs in the UK today (including death-related costs such as funeral costs, probate, fees, headstones and flowers) have risen to an average of £7,248 representing a dramatic rise of 20% since 2007 and over £400 since last year.

Although this figure includes all non-discretionary,discretionary and legal fees, one of the biggest factors is thatfuneral costs have increased by 61% over the past seven years, and this looks set to continue for the foreseeable future.

CRB update:

CRB performance/prompt submission of application forms aims for:

The average performance, measured from December 2010 to the end of November 2011, shows that performance has been consistently high over a sustained period with:The CRB’s monthly performance figures are available to view at www.homeoffice.gov.uk/crb in the Services section.

News Comment

Phone calls into the office on one day this week, from the general public not our clients, were about:

Can you help? My father's live-in care payment from Social Services has been reduced from £900pw to £400.00pw. The request was to see if Able Community Care could provide cover for this amount as, understandably, their current agency could not, we could not either.

My Father is in a care home, paid for by the local authority, he is unhappy and wants to come home to be cared for. This will not be considered, so he has to stay in residential care. I have engaged a solicitor to help me. Is there anything else I can do?

In-House News

Prospective clients have been visited in Essex, Surrey and Cambridgeshire.

A pop in visit took place in Essex and monitoring/training visits regarding medication procedures have taken place in Norfolk.

Care Manager, Colin Howes, attended a seminar regarding Fire Risks in the Home

A new post has commenced in Cornwall for an elderly couple requiring support. Care Manager is Colin and weekly wage is £619.00 inc.

Interesting Information / Statistics

Young carers across the UK

There are 175,000 young carers in the UK. 13,000 care for over fifty hours a week.

50,000 children and young people look after someone with a mentalhealth problem in the UK.

68% of young carers are bullied in school.

The Princess Royal Trust for Carers support young carers as young as five-years-old.

Question of the Week
"I have a live -in carer who takes me out in my car forshopping, lunches or just for a drive. The carer has told me thatunless I wear a seat belt she will not take me out any more.

I have a medical condition, that she knows about, that makes it very unpleasant for me to wear a seat belt but she says this does not make any difference as she does not want to be liable if we have an accident. What can I do?"

Answer : There are exemptions for people who have a problem on medicals grounds and they should apply, via their local GP, for a Certificate of Exemption from Compulsory Seat Belt Wearing. If you are issued with a Certificate then you also need to advise your insurance company of the Exemption. Depending on the medical grounds, the Exemption will have a time factor.

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