February 15, 2013 -- Able Newsflash No.360

Care News

New Census data shows that the number of ‘informal’ carers had risen to 5.8 million in 2011. This compares with 5.2 million in 2001.

The greatest rise has been where people are caring for over 20 hours a week and the Census also shows that the highest number of residents who are providing care are in Wales when compared with England.


Social Care News

The suggested cap for social care is £75K but this cap only applies to the cost of any personal care you need.

In a breakdown given in 2012 with reference to average care home costs, the actual weekly cost of personal care ranged from £197 for frail elderly to £221 for dementia care. The total fee per week would be arrived at after accommodation costs, ancillary costs and the care home profit costs had been added.

This indicates that for a person in a care home who requires frail elderly care, it would take 7.3 years to reach the £75K cap and for those people with dementia, 6.5 years. The total costs that would be due for these periods would be £226K and £210K respectively. (NB. Figures correct at the time of writing this).

Currently, the Attendance Allowance comes in at 2 rates when you require care: £77.85 and £51.85. To date I have not read whether this will continue.


Headway has announced the launch of two new Headway factsheets:

  1. Coping with hemiplegia and hemiparesis
    This factsheet discusses the effects of paralysis or weakness of one side of the body, which often occurs after brain injury, especially after stroke. The factsheet offers practical advice for coping with the effects of this and ideas about equipment that can help.

  2. A guide to the Mental Health Act in Scotland
    This factsheet discusses this important Scottish legislation, which establishes arrangements for the detention, care and treatment of people with a mental illness or related condition, including acquired brain injury.

Question of the Week

"I have poor sight but I am an enthusiastic craftsperson who loves sewing, tapestry, crochet, etc. I have tried various magnifiers but they are a bit hit and miss. Can you recommend one please?"

Answer : Magnifiers come in at differing costs but one is sold on Amazon that has 70 reviews all of which read well. The PURElite 3 in 1 Magnifying Lamp is the name of the product and it sells for £49.99.

Interesting Information / Statistics

Working in a charity shop is the most common form of unpaid work.

Hips are one of the most common bones to break, and the most frequently broken bone for people over the age of 65, who account for around 90 percent of hip fractures. Half of all adult bone breaks consist of fractured arms.

In-House News

A prospective client was visited in Lancashire and a new post has commenced in Suffolk for an older lady who required a five day live-in respite care package. Care Manager is Jackie and the carers wage is £357.00 inc.

Monitoring visits were carried out in Hertfordshire, Greater Manchester and a care review took place in Nottinghamshire.

One potential live-in carer was interviewed.

Future Events:

A Care Information Day is being held on March 1st in Woodbridge followed by one on 8th March in Southwold. Please call 01603 764567 for further details.

Client Profile

Bernard, in middle age, had been in hospital for major surgery. A widower, whose family, although supportive, could not actually stay at his home to help him over the first few days.

Able Community Care were contacted and a week’s Home from Hospital live-in care was provided. Cost £800.00 pw inc. vat.

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