November 22, 2012 -- Able Newsflash No.349

Care News

Age UK - for the 3rd year running is asking if anyone can spare a winter coat. Last year over 8000 coats were donated and sold through the Age UK shops. So if you have one you do not want any longer, take it to your nearest Age UK shop. (If you are not sure where this is, look at the Age UK website and you can find out!)

Cold Weather Payments - If you’re getting certain benefits, you may be able to get a Cold Weather Payment.Payments will be made when your local temperature is either recorded as, or forecast to be, an average of zero degrees Celsius or below over 7 consecutive days. If this happens you will get a payment of £25 for each 7 day period of very cold weather between 1 November and 31 March.You don’t need to apply. If you’re eligible to get a Cold Weather Payment, you’ll be paid it automatically.

In the 1990’s local authorities set up ‘approved provider’ lists in order that their local population who required care would have some comfort in the fact that the care agencies/homes/organisations etc had been vetted.

When The Commission for Social Care Inspection came in this was to inspect and regulate care organisations in order that the general public could feel re-assured, could go online and read the last inspection report, and buy or access any care service with confidence.

It is indicative of the reputation of the CQC (which superseded the CSCI) that many councils are now reverting back to having their own costly ‘approved provider’ lists, money which could be better spent on actual care provision.

??? Question of the Week ???

" I have been a family carer and that role has now finished. I want to continue to give my time to caring but at the present time I would be happier volunteering to care for animals. Any ideas?"

Answer : There are many charities that would welcome you as a volunteer and a look in your local telephone directory should flag some up.

There are differing roles within the organisations and the following two examples show the type of help that really is welcomed.

Interesting Information / Statistics


Want to’ rattle the tin’ for your charity? then the following rules apply:

Source: Institute of Fundraising

In-House News

Potential client visits have taken place in Kent and Norfolk.

Three Care managers have attended an external, refresher course on ‘Safeguarding vulnerable adults’.

Two members of staff attended the Annual Norfolk Care Conference where Norman Lamb MP, Minister for Care was the main speaker.

A client review has taken place in Norfolk.

Potential carer interviews have taken place in Norfolk and Hampshire

A new post has commenced for an older couple in Norfolk. Care Manager is Jackie and the weekly wage is £571.00 inc.

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

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