October 25, 2012 -- Able Newsflash No.345

Care News

The adult social care workforce in England has grown to 1.63 million according to a new report released by Skills for Care.Those workers are filling 1.85 million job roles representing a 4.5% increase according to figures in the 'The State of the Adult Social Care Sector and Workforce in England, 2012' report.

The majority of these jobs were due to a 15% increase in the number of direct payment recipients which the report suggests reflects a continuing move towards more personalised care.

The report uses data from Skill for Care's National Minimum Data Set for Social Care (NMDS-SC) and other sources also shows that 22,100 organisations provide adult social care which is up 1% from 2010.

Services were delivered at an estimated 49,700 establishments which is up 3%, and 82% of the workforce are female.
Source: Skills for Care

Joint personal budgets: a new solution to the problem of integrated care? This leaflet can be downloaded from the NHS Confederation website at www.nhsconfed.org

This Briefing introduces joint personal budgets for health and social care. It gives the context behind their development, explains how they might work and lists some of the issues that need to be considered before they could be used at scale.

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The UK's first car donation scheme, Giveacar has won several awards and has now supported over 800 charities with the money raised from old cars.

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? ? ? Question of the Week ? ? ?

"I live outside of the UK and visit my elderly Father twice a year. He has always been a pipe smoker and I would not want him to have to give up this pleasure. However, he is getting frailer and a little forgetful. Thinking about him dropping ash, starting a fire etc. concerned me and I bought a couple of smoke alarms which I did install but he was not happy and resented my doing so. His reason being that if and when he needed one, he would have organised their implementation.

He did mention that a friend of his had been visited by a ‘fireman’ and had been given good advice and help with reference to cutting down the risk of fire and he says he will think about this for himself. I would like to know if this kind of help is actually available and if so, how to access it? Whilst my dad is in the mood, this may well be the time for him to use such a service!"

Answer : Home Fire Risk Assessments is where members of a local Fire and Rescue Service will visit an elderly person’s home completely free of charge and will:

The visit will cover all areas of possible fire risk from electric blankets, overloaded electrical sockets, etc.

I have known these visits to be carried out by firemen who arrive in a fire engine to add some colour to the visit!

Client Profile of the Week

Theresa* is in her late 90’s, recently widowed and frail. Theresa and her husband decided seven years ago, that they wished to remain in their own home and approached us to provide a live-in care service.

Their first carer, introduced in 2005 is still caring for Theresa on our rotational system and care cover since 2005 has been continuous.
*name has been changed.

Interesting Information / Statistics

In 2009, the total population in England and Wales aged 16 or over was just over 43 million. It has been estimated that about one in six of the adult population will have a significant mental health problem at any one time which amounts to more than 7 million people.
Source: Mind

The latest Health Survey for England (HSE) data shows that in England in 2010:

In House

Potential clients have been visited in Norfolk this week and monitoring visits have taken place in the same County.

We have now received our ‘Home from Hospital’ postcards giving details of this service. Several organisations have requested some to put in their reception areas/leaflet stands. If you would like some, please email to ablemg@aol.com, mention how many you would like and we will post them on to you.

Manual Handling training has taken place in the office in Norfolk.

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Spending Public Money on the Public – Who should have Priority?

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Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Director
Able Community Care Ltd.

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