February 28, 2013 -- Able Newsflash No.362

Care News

The bedroom tax comes in from April this year and is part of welfare reform that will cut the amount of benefit that people can get if they are considered to have a spare bedroom in their council or housing association home and applies to tenants of working age.

To find out more about this tax you can look at several websites but you may like to start here: www.housing.org.uk

For clients who are in receipt of a live-in care service from Able Community Care, we are happy to confirm that you have this care in place.

Britain has about 30,000 small charities and a new campaign has been launched to help them use online tools and the internet to boost their fundraising.

Google in partnership with the Media Trust and Charity Technology Trust has launched a new campaign to help achieve this.

The ‘Grow Your Charity Online’ initiative will provide free training and tools for the charities and in addition there will be an online learning hub, training workshops and live events.

For further details visit: www.growyourcharityonline.com

Government "failing a generation of disabled children":

Disabled children are increasingly being denied places at school, vital therapy and crucial equipment, while their parents are left at their wits' end because of never-ending battles with local bodies, according to new analysis from the disability charity Scope.

The charity has written to the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove MP, warning him that Government’s reforms risk squandering a once in a generation opportunity to improve the lives of disabled children.

Question of the Week

"My elderly mother whose sight is poor does not have the internet or an Ipad and relies on the telephone to contact people. However, the latest edition of Yellow Pages is much smaller and she cannot read the contents. I would like to know if there is a large print version?"

Answer : There is not a large print version but BT does provide a free directory enquiries service to customers who are visually impaired and there is an exemption from the usual charge and it does not matter if BT is not your phone company.

It works on the basis that when you need to know a number you call directory enquiries and give them your allocated PIN number.

To find out more about eligibility for the service ring 0800 587 0195

If you are already registered blind or with impaired sight call 195 and request a PIN number.

Interesting Information / Statistics

Water Costs - Capped Water Bills

Water Boards in England, Wales and Scotland are able to offer capped water bills to those with a disability or on certain benefits.

Before you apply you need to have a meter fitted. This is fairly straightforward and can be organised quickly. It is usually free of charge.

Once you have a water meter and if someone in your household gets benefits you may be possible to get the water bill capped.To qualify for a cap on your water charges, you need to be getting benefits (such as Tax Credits or Disability Living Allowance)and either:

If you're accepted, your costs will be limited to the average household bill for your water company however much water you use. The company will then check each year to see if your situation remains the same.

To find out more information contact your local water supplier for an application form and further information.

In-House News

Responses to our Client Satisfaction Survey are returning and comments taken from them have now been published on this page on our website.

A client monitoring visit has taken place in Hampshire.

A new post has commenced in Scotland for an older lady requiring support to stay in her own home. Care Manager is Julie. Weekly wage is £535.00 inc.

Several of our clients who are in housing association or council housing have requested confirmation that their second bedroom is not spare in that their live-in carer requires this room. The letter is required with reference to the bedroom tax above.

Last Thursday we had an unannounced inspection from CQC. We are now awaiting our Inspection Report.

Client Profile

Stella was advised by her GP that due to her age, her increasing confusion and frequent falls, she should consider a care home or 24 hour live-in care.

Stella in January 2010 choose a live-in care package. Her first carer is still on her carer rota and the other main live-in carer joined Stella’s rota in March 2012.

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