September 26, 2013 -- Able Newsflash No.392

Care News

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group today announced the 10 bidders that have passed the first stage of a contest to provide integrated older people’s services worth up to £800m.

The purpose of the tender is to find one or more “lead providers” to be responsible for providing and coordinating older people’s services across geographic and organisational boundaries.

The 10 bidders are:

Delegates at the Lib Dem party conference in Glasgow backed a motion calling for better training and pay for care workers along with a tougher oversight regime to stamp out bad practice.

“Conference is concerned that poor employment practices, unrealistic targets, unequal distribution of funds, lack of training, and proper support for care staff has led to abuse, bullying and harassment,” the motion warned.

Care Minister Norman Lamb, insisted a beefed-up Care Quality Commission – the social care watchdog – would make a difference, along with a more “joined-up” approach between social services and the NHS - but that the quality of the carers remains the fundamental issue.

Despite an overall improvement in the number of children free of tooth decay, over 27% of 5 year olds have tooth decay according to a survey published by Public Health England this month.

Question of the Week

"What is the difference between Sheltered Housing and Supported Housing?"

Answer : Sheltered Housing is usually given to older people and is a small group of flats and bungalows which are supervised by a Manager who can give some help if needed. Local Councils, Housing associations and private independent companies have Sheltered Housing and such homes can be rented, leased or purchased.

Supported Housing is designed to meet the particular needs of disabled people. For example, a home that is wheelchair accessible and internally appropriate for someone in a wheelchair. Supported Housing is usually provided by Councils or Housing associations.

Winter Tip

Carbon Monoxide kills. Audible alarms are available which alert a person if there is carbon monoxide in the home.

Carbon Monoxide is produced by common home appliances, such as gas or oil heating, gas refrigerators, gas water heaters or space heaters, fireplaces, charcoal grills, and wood burning stoves. Fumes from cars and gas-powered lawn mowers also contain carbon monoxide and can enter a home through walls or doorways if an engine is left running in an attached garage.

For safety’s sake, check if your current one is working, or install a new one.

In-House News

A prospective client has been visited in Kent.

Staff appraisals have taken place this week.

One Care Manager attended a course entitled ‘Duty to Refer’.

Monitoring visits have taken place in Greater Manchester.

A presentation titled ‘Community Care 1691-2013’ was made to a Probus group in Norfolk.

Interesting Information

34 million people live with HIV worldwide. The vast majority are in low- and middle-income countries. An estimated 2.5 million people were newly infected with the virus in 2011. (Source: WHO) has details of 1,848 UK patient support organisations, self help groups, health and disease information providers, etc. Each entry is cross referenced.

Client Profile

Erica is a lady in her 40’s with MS. Able Community Care commenced caring for Erica in July 2008 and cover has been continuous since that time. Able Community Care’s live-in carers work with an outside agency for transfers and Erica is also supported by the DNS.

Erica’s current live-in carer has been on a regular rota since first being introduced in July 2008.

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Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Director
Able Community Care Ltd.
Telephone 01603 764567