Guidance has just been given by them as to how a volunteer is defined:
A person engaged in an activity which involves spending time, unpaid (except for travel and other approved out-of-pocket expenses) doing something which aims to benefit some third party other than or in addition to a close relative.
To qualify for a free-of-charge volunteer check you have to be certain that the applicant does not directly benefit from the position the DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) application is being submitted for. The applicant must not:
Further information can be found at:
The Bladder and Bowel Foundation have published a new guide: "Catheter Care – A guide for users of indwelling catheters and their carers".
You can request a hard copy by emailing them at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling them on 01536 533255.
The Open Day referred to in the "In House News" section below was interesting in an unexpected way, namely that some people are not aware of help and advice that is available to assist them or their family member at a time of need. A high percentage of the people who attended were not aware of the Attendance Allowance, were not aware that Falls Prevention initiatives were in place and easily accessible, one person was unaware of the fact that some items purchased for her disabled husband may be vat free and another person was unaware that if you were unable to take your wheelie bin down 20 steps because of a disability a call to your local council would arrange for it to be collected and brought back up the steps.
Answer : Since hearing of this I have looked at several Fees/Charges lists for crematoria in the UK and charges do vary for differing services, time slots, etc. So although it is not standard practice, it is not unusual.
A revised version of the information leaflet about the personal health budgets pilot programme, in easy read format is published. Personal health budgets are one of the ideas that the NHS is working on to try to make it easier for people to get the NHS care that is best suited to them.
The easy read is for people being offered a personal health budget, and can be used by healthcare professionals, commissioners, and support organisations. It explains what a personal health budget is, and includes answers to frequently asked questions, personal stories and further sources of information.
By April 2014, subject to the pilot’s independent evaluation, everyone receiving NHS continuing healthcare will have the right to ask for a personal health budget, including a direct payment for health care.
Two potential clients have been visited in Scotland.
A Care Manager attended an 'Infection Control' workshop.
MH training, review visits have been carried out in Norfolk and a client review took place in Middlesex.
Three potential live-in carers have been interviewed in Norfolk and Scotland.
A new post has commenced for an older gentleman needing support in Berkshire. Care Manager is Christina. Weekly wage is £535.00 inc.
We held a "Care Open Information Day" in Woodbridge, Suffolk last Friday for members of the general public.
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Angela Gifford, Director
Able Community Care Ltd.