Three quarters (72%) of councils did not know about all top-up fee payments in their area – and so cannot possibly have made sure that all relatives were ‘able and willing’ to pay them, as they are legally required to do. Only 36 councils said they knew about all top-up fee contracts in their area while 36 said they had no information at all and 57 had only incomplete information. Some councils appear to have a blanket policy of leaving residents to negotiate top-up fees directly with care homes, even though this is clearly contrary to statutory guidance. The report voices the concerns of care homes that top-up payments are being paid by relatives because the care home fees paid by councils are too low.
To read the full report visit: www.independentage.org
The recent speculation that GP appointments should be paid for to encourage people to turn up after they have made an appointment has come about after an estimated 15 million people annually fail to attend for GP appointments and a further 4.6 million visits to Practice Nurses are missed in addition.
The survey results have come from The Doctor Patient Partnership and The Institute of Healthcare Management.
The survey was based on 577 GP practices throughout the UK.
The UK Civil Aviation Authority has taken formal steps to ensure Pakistan airline AirBlue stops discriminating passengers with disabilities.
Pakistan's second largest airline AirBlue operates a direct flight from Islamabad to Manchester three times per week. Airlines flying to and from the UK must comply with British and European regulations. The airline’s management confirmed not welcoming disabled guests in a shocking interview with The Express Tribune. A spokesperson for AirBlue told the Pakistani newspaper that main problem with carriage of passengers with disabilities is the cost of renting wheelchairs and other equipment to help them on and off the aircraft.
The full report can be found at: www.reducedmobility.eu
Answer : Visit the website Disability Grants and go to the section on Bikes and Trikes. The website has much more information that you may also find of interest and it is found at: www.disabilitydiscounts.co.uk
The cottages, King Line Cottages, are based at Horning on the Norfolk Broads and have been awarded an English Tourist Board accessibility rating of 2: step free approach, level or ramped access, wide doorways, mid-height switches, adapted bathroom, roll in shower/wet room, wheeled shower chair available, lowered hanging space in wardrobes, clearance under bed for mobile hoist, etc.
The 6 cottages are near the waters edge, perfect for fishing, bird watching, etc. For details phone to: 01692 630297 or visit www.norfolk-broads.co.uk where you can watch an online video.
Monitoring visits were carried out in Hertfordshire.
Two potential live-in carers were interviewed in Norwich.
A new post has started in The Channel Islands for an older lady who has dementia. Care Manager is Sam and weekly wage is £550.00 plus travel.
Eskimos use refrigerators to stop their food from freezing.
Kenneth did not wish for continuous help in 2010 just as and when he felt he or his family felt he needed some support.
Since earlier this year, Kenneth has however had continuous care and he has a regular live-in carer rota.
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Angela Gifford, Director
Able Community Care Ltd.