April 25, 2013 -- Able Newsflash No.370

Care News

Numbers of day centres continue to close or increase their costs. The costs for individual centres vary from an extra 50p per day to one county where costs will rise in one centre from £1.30 per day to £15.00 per day by 2015.

Restrictions have been placed on people in residential care homes because if they attend a day centre, councils could see this as ‘paying twice’, for the hours of attendance!

"What is Happening to Day Centre Services" is a report by Unison and Birmingham University and can be found at: www.unison.org.uk/acrobat/A14463.pdf

The Care Quality Commission last week announced changes it is making to the organisation. These are:

The changes will come into effect in NHS hospitals and mental health trusts first. This is because it is recognised that there is an urgent need for more effective inspection and regulation of these services.

The processes will be carried out between 2014 and 2016 for the other services.

To find the number of people in receipt of NHS Continuing Care per quarter visit:

Question of the Week

"How is it possible that a person ‘off the street’ can be taken on by a care agency in the town and be working in peoples homes a few days later on their own?" *

Answer : All domiciliary care companies should ensure that a person new to care is trained and competent before allowing them to work on their own in a person’s home. Induction training is carried out but the quality of this can be questionable and non specific.

There is a nationwide shortage of care workers and adverts for care workers often say;

Other companies will only accept care workers who;For any person requiring care, a good question to ask about.

* This was a question from the Rotary membership (ref. "In House News" below).

Interesting Information / Statistics

Wheeled chairs

First recording of a Greek vase in 530BC shows an image of a wheeled child’s bed.

In the 3rd century in China a wheeled barrow was used for moving the sick or disabled to the “Fountain of Youth”.

First insulin injection – January 11th, 1922. Insulin was first given to a person to treat diabetes. It was given to Leonard Thompson, a 14 year old child with diabetes.

In-House News

A stand was taken at a Norfolk County Council Care Information event.

A presentation "Community Care 1601–2013" was given to a local Rotary group. *

Client review and monitoring visits have taken place in Bedfordshire and Norfolk.

Potential live-in carers were interviewed in the Norwich office.

A new post has commenced in Norfolk for an older couple requiring support.

Client Profile

Owen, ten years ago needed all personal, domestic and social care. Owen was non weight bearing as a result of MS. Via Social Services Owen came to Able Community Care for a live-in care package and care has been continuous since that time. Owen's main rota of live-in carers is made up of one carer who has been with Owen for ten years and currently a second carer who has been on Owen's rota for one year.

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