March 15, 2012 -- Able Newsflash No.313

Care News

A report published by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) earlier this month found vulnerable people in care homes are struggling to get access to GPs and routine medicines.The CQC looked at 81 care homes in England, chosen from areas previously flagged up as at risk of poor performance.Only staff at 38% of homes reported they got regular visits from GPs, with one in 10 care homes saying they had to pay GPs to get them to visit residents.A spokeswoman from the British Medical Association told the BBC they agreed the quality of care given to homes could vary.


‘Coping with communication problems after brain injury’ is the title of a new book issued by Headway.

The book outlines the range of communication impairments and provides practical strategies for overcoming them. It has been written by Caroline Prosser, Headway's Approved Provider Project Lead and experienced Speech and Language Therapist, and Richard Morris, Headway Information Officer.

The cost of the book is £3.50 and can be purchased from Headway’s online shop.


The number of people dying from hypothermia has almost doubled in the last five years. A total of 260 people died from the condition in 2010/2011. The number in 2006/2007 was 135.

Hospital admissions for people over the age of 60 diagnosed with hypothermia rose by 120% in the same period. In 2007 the number was 633 and for 2011 it rose to 1,396.
(Source: Independent)

In-House News

Potential clients have been visited in Somerset, Greater Manchester, West Sussex and the West Midlands.

10 potential, live – in carers have been interviewed this week.

Manual Handling training and a client risk assessment have taken place in the West Midlands.

A new post has commenced for two younger adults in Norfolk. Care Manager is Jackie, weekly wage is £635.00pw. inc.

Interesting Information / Statistics

As at July 2011 there were 4,608 care homes with nursing (208,546 beds) and 13, 475 care homes without nursing (261,262 beds). The number of residential care homes fell by 10% between 2004 and 2010.

There were 5,894 registered home care agencies in England as at July 2011 with the highest number being in the South East. 74% of these provide care for older people.

In March 2010 approx. 154,000 adults were receiving Direct Payments from council social services department.


Question of the Week
"My Mother is in receipt of Direct Payments from which she pays a carer who comes in. She has now decided to move into residential care on a permanent basis. Can she keep her Direct payments money and put this towards her care home bills?"

Answer : No, Direct Payments cannot be used for permanent residential home living. They can however, be used to pay towards a care home bill for respite purposes but this must not exceed four weeks in total in a year.

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