February 01, 2007 -- Able Newsflash No.52

Care News

The Government is discussing proposals which would increase the allowance paid to people in care homes to �20.45 per week from �19.60. This is the amount that the Government feels is an appropriate amount for publicly funded residents to have to spend for their personal use. e.g birthday/Christmas presents, personal toiletries, clothing, trips out, stamps, etc.

Age Concern have made the following comment; "This is not enough to pay for the level of dignity or the standard of living older people in care homes deserve."

Age Concern suggest that a fairer figure would be in the region of �40.00pw.

CSCI have published a list of information that care home providers must publish in their service users guide. It includes:

The above details have been taken from a five page document from CSCI :
http://www.csci.org.uk/docs/provision_of_fee_information.doc

In-House News

Risk Assessments have taken place in Stockport and in Tyne and Wear.

Two further members of staff have attended a training session on �Safeguarding Adults�

A new post has been started in Lancashire, an elderly lady with Parkinsons Disease , Salary �568pw inc. Care Manager Alan Wilson.

Interesting Information

Current rates of Attendance Allowance are: Day rate �41.65pw Higher Rate �62.25pw

Premature deaths from coronary heart disease are down by 35.9% since 1996 (Source DOH)

Admiral Nurses are a specialist NHS branch of nursing that provides help, advice and guidance to people suffering from dementia and their families.

Not all areas have these posts in place, but you can check with your local PCT to find out if there are Admiral Nurses available locally.

We hope you have enjoyed reading this and "see you next week".

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.