April 10, 2014 -- Able Newsflash No.419

Care News

The domiciliary care market is volatile. Many companies who lose out on Council contracts, where the Council was their main customer can find them selves out of business in a short period of time.

This can be demonstrated by what has happened in Powys recently. Domiciliary care in Powys is currently provided by 20 companies, at the end of this month the Council will only be working with 4.

The currently existing 16 providers will lose their care workers to the four organisations who have been chosen and unless they have a private client base are likely to close down.

If you have ever wanted a leaflet on a health condition or health problem and spent too long looking for it on the internet you may like to bookmark the web site at: www.easyhealth.org.uk. The site has directions to get leaflets on hundreds of subjects which can be downloaded and nearly all can be printed off.

Easyhealth is run by an organisation called Generate Opportunities Ltd and is part sponsored by MENCAP and Wandsworth PCT.

Snapshot: From April 2014 Solihull Council is increasing the fees it will pay to residential care homes for older people by up to 16.5% to £439.00 pw.

Question of the Week

"My elderly Mother has expressed a wish that she would like to be buried in the same grave as my father. Is this possible and where do I look for information?"

Answer : Because it is likely that your Father’s grave would need to be deepened, you may have to ask for an exhumation to enable a further burial in the same ground.

You will therefore have to apply for an exhumation licence, the licence is free but there may be extra costs from the burial authority and whoever carries out the exhumation.

You can download the form to apply for the licence by going to: www.justice.gov.uk/downloads/burials-and-coroners/application-exhumation-licence.pdf.

This licence also covers cremations.

Spring Tip of the Week

Looking for access information for disabled people in the UK?

DisabledGo.com has information on over 120,000 places of interest including: Council offices, tourist attractions, sports grounds, colleges, parks, shops, historic landmarks, etc. An excellent, comprehensive site.

In-House News

A potential client visit has taken place in Suffolk.

‘Pop In’ visits by Able Community Care Managers have taken place in Worcestershire, the West Midlands and in Hampshire.

A Cake and Bric a Brac sale in the office raised over £150.00 for our charity of 2014, Spinal Injury Research.

Interesting Information/Statistics

Only 3.8p is spent on dementia research compared with every £1 spent on cancer research.
(Source: EDP)

The CAB has over 21,500 volunteers who make their work possible. They are looking for further volunteers and free training can be offered. If you would like further details contact your local branch.

Client Profile of the Week

Tom was in his 50’s when he had a severe stroke in 2003. After time in rehab he decided he wish to be cared for in his own home. Tom has poor sight, poor mobility and requires constant supervision re epilepsy and dysphasia. To return to his home it was decided to try a live-in care worker option from Able Community Care. Tom has two main live-in care workers on his rota, one of whom was introduced to Tom in 2003 and his second one made his acquaintance in 2004.

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