July 18, 2013 -- Able Newsflash No.382

Care News

Poor Care Workers - Why Does This Happen?

Our media is reporting that hundreds of thousands of untrained carers are being allowed to work in our hospitals, care homes and home care companies.

Not only is the non training issue mentioned but in an interview on national radio this week it was also stated that many of these carers cannot, read, write or understand English.

For any person to get a job they have to be recruited and processed by HR/Recruitment Departments so surely the problem starts here?

For interviewees for a care job who state on their application form that they have had a career in care, this has never been easier to check, is it not done?

If you are interviewing a potential care worker on the other side of the desk and they are unable to speak English, or fill in a few simple details on a form provided for the purpose of checking this fact, why would you offer them a job?

Training programmes in care are abundant so presumably people who are unable to articulate are not directed to them because they would be unable to participate because of the lack of spoken English?

Perhaps the employees in many HR/Recruitment offices never visit the disabled and older people who are going to be the recipients of their ‘successful’ vacancy filling. Introducing it as part of the training processes for HR/Recruitment staff may be the place to start to resolve the problems.

Healthwatch England is the independent consumer champion for health and social care in England. Working with a network of 152 local Healthwatch, they ensure that the voices of consumers and those who use services reach the ears of the decision makers.

Local Healthwatch take evidence built on consumers' views and experience and use it to help shape and improve local services. They pass on information and recommendations to Healthwatch England and the Care Quality Commission.

The web site for further information can be found at: www.healthwatch.co.uk

Question of the Week

"I was a darts player before I became disabled and although I do play in my local pub, is there a club/association for disabled darts players?"

Answer : Wheelchairs Darts is the name of a group which began in January this year and they are seeking enthusiastic wheelchair darts players to help spread the word, perhaps facilitate venues, games etc., in order to grow the group.

If you visit www.wheelchairdarts.co.uk you can find out information and see if you wish to participate.

Interesting Information / Statistics

Medicines that could ‘Cure’ in the 19th Century included:

Summer Sun

For football fans a trip to the Manchester United Stadium with a tour of the stadium itself and a visit to the museum should provide a wonderful day of pleasure. The stadium has state-of-the-art disabled provision and for example of how user friendly it is, if you are disabled and arrange a visit by phone, on arrival you will be personally greeted and directed to a choice of disabled parking. This type of service will continue throughout your visit and a complimentary copy of The Disabled Supporter’s Booklet can be read whilst you visit The Red Café which is also totally accessible.

Www.manutd.com, tel. 0161 868 8000.

In-House News

Prospective clients were visited in Bedfordshire and Gloucestershire.

A new post has commenced in Norfolk for an older lady with Alzheimer's Disease. Care Manager is Julie and the weekly wage is £695.00.

Sadly one of clients died this week. We had provided care on a rotational, live-in care basis since 1996. Frances had Alzheimer’s Disease and died age 87.

Able Community Care is signing up to join AgeUK Suffolk’s Challenge 65, a fundraising event which will run for 6.5 months from September 1st. I will keep you posted of our financial progress.

One live-in care worker has been placed on our Register this week.

Client Profile

Gregory is in his early 60's and four years ago had been admitted to a care home after having several strokes.

Unhappy, and despite his high dependency care needs, he wished to return to a home of his own.

Social Services facilitated his move and with a live-in carer service, Gregory moved into his own home in 2012. He now has two regular rotational live-in carers supporting him.

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