October 03, 2013 -- Able Newsflash No.393

Care News

The size and structure of the adult social care sector and workforce in England in 2013 from a report produced by Skills for Care.

The summary of key findings are:
Adult social care employers

Adult social care workforce


Department of Transport - estimates for accidents involving illegal alcohol levels: 2012 (provisional) and 2011 (final)


Personal budgets are improving outcomes for most service users in most areas of their lives but their impact is being undermined in some areas by excessive bureaucracy in council care management processes.

That was the verdict of the second National Personal Budgets Survey, based on the views of 2,022 personal budget holders and 1,386 carers living in 22 local authority areas, and published today by sector personalisation partnership Think Local Act Personal (TLAP).

As with the preceding survey in 2011, researchers found a strong link between positive outcomes and how simple councils made the process of accessing a personal budget.
Source: Community Care

Question of the Week

"Christmas cards are now being sold and I usually try to buy charity cards but how do I know which cards to buy in relation to how much of the card price actually goes to the charity concerned?"

Answer : All companies producing cards that make donations to charity are required by law to state how much money the charity will receive. This is generally written on the back of the cards, so check here before you buy cards in shops. Charity Christmas Cards need to indicate clearly:

Whether you buy cards online, from a catalogue or from a shop, always check how much money is being donated to charity per pack sale.

Where should I buy charity Christmas Cards? Many charities now sell their own charity Christmas cards. This way, the charity can often receive the most money from the card sales. Look for these cards in specific charity card shops that trade in places such as churches in the run up to Christmas or the charity’s own shop.

You can often buy charity cards direct from the charity’s website. Search the internet for your favourite charity to check whether they have any cards you can buy.
Source:Information from The Institute of Fundraising

Winter Tip

Avoid Winter Flu

You can protect yourself against seasonal flu by getting an annual flu jab. You can get a free jab if you:

Contact your GP or talk to your pharmacist if you think you might qualify for a free flu jab.

In-House News

A potential client has been visited in Devon.

Care reviews, team meetings and ‘pop in’ visits have taken place in Norfolk and Greater London.

Two live-in carer workers have gone on the Register and interviews have taken place in Norfolk and France.

A new post has commenced in Kent for an older lady requiring palliative care. Care Manager is Sam, wage is £550.00pw inc.

Next week a member of staff will be in both Guernsey and Jersey so if anyone wishes to meet up to have a chat about our Live-in Care services, please give us a call on 01603 764567.

A presentation ‘Community Care 1601-2013’ was made to a Probus group in Suffolk this week.

Interesting Information

Britons gave more than £10 billion to charity last year.

Research has shown that smell is the sense most linked to our emotional recollection. So, when linked to a product, that can reap dividends. The smell of a new leather jacket or pair of shoes makes everyone happy and a new car smells best of all. An artificial “new car smell” is sprayed inside cars that lasts for six weeks.

Client Profile

Keith is a gentleman now in his early 70’s. His social worker approached Able Community Care for a live-in care package for Keith in early 2001. Keith needed care because he has cerebral palsy and wished to stay in his own home with support. Keith goes to a day centre twice a week and has two regular live-in carers on his roster. Carer one first went to Keith in 2001 and his second live-in carer became part of the team in April 2012.


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