November 29, 2012 -- Able Newsflash No.350

Care News

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published their report, 'The State of Health and Social Care in England 2011-12' which demonstrates higher levels of compliance by the homecare sector, compared to the nursing and residential sectors.

The report outlines findings from CQC's inspections and reports of all services as well as the size of the health and social care sector. CQC found that 73% of all the services inspected were meeting all essential standards checked during inspection.

Domiciliary care achieved high levels of compliance and outperformed the residential and nursing home sector in some vital outcomes, including:

Source: UKHCA

Councils have reduced their spending on older people’s social care by £671m in real terms in the year between 2010-11 and 2011-12. A decrease of 8%
Source: CASSR’s

More than 50,000 UK workers may be providing over a week's worth of care a year to look after someone with cancer, despite having a full-time job.

Research by cancer support group Macmillan has revealed that just under half (46%) of people caring for someone with cancer are in full-time work, representing around 500,000 people in the UK. Of these, one in nine (11%) provide more than 35 hours of care a week, equating to around 50,000 people.

The research also showed carers are having to take regular sick and annual leave in order to meet the demands of caring, because their employer is failing to offer them flexible working hours.

In total, more than one in six (16%) people caring for someone with cancer provide more than 35 hours a week of support. One in 10 – or around 100,000 people in the UK – provides 50 hours or more of care each week.
Source: HR Magazine

??? Question of the Week ???

Our office took this question by telephone last Friday from a gentleman in his eighties.

" Please can you tell me where I can get two little Be-Ro recipe books from and how much are they?"

Answer : They can be purchased at £2.50 inc of p&p for UK addresses only from The Be-Ro Kitchen, PO Box 100, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB0 1GR.

Please make cheques payable to Be-Ro Baking Recipe Book and give your full address.

Interesting Information / Statistics

By 2050 the world will have almost 400 million people aged 80 years or older. Never before have the majority of middle-aged adults had living parents.
Source: WHO

It took more than 100 years for the share of France’s population aged 65 or older to double from 7% to 14%. In contrast, it will take countries like Brazil and China less than 25 years to reach the same growth.
Source: Health India

In-House News

Potential clients have been visited in Norfolk and Surrey.

Two members of staff attended a day session regarding ‘Common Care Principles for Supporting People with Dementia’.

Client visits took place in Hertfordshire, Greater Manchester and Nottinghamshire.

Potential Live-in carers have been interviewed in Hampshire and Cornwall. One new live-in carer has been placed on our register this week.

New posts have commenced in:

Office staff have now shed 206lbs and £206.00 has been donated to charity.

Client Profile

Walter is in his middle 80’s and blind and he wished to remain living in his rural Scottish town amongst his friends and well known community contacts. Walter’s advocate approached Able Community Care in 2007 regarding a live-in care package and after an initial assessment care has been continuous since that time. His current rota of live-in carers are well known to him as one joined his rota in March 2009 and his second one in June 2010. Current cost £692.00pw excluding food.

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

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