Working Time Regulations and rest breaks
The DTI guidance said, "employers must make sure that workers can take their rest, but are not required to make sure that they do take their rest". However, this has now been changed to, "employers must make sure that workers can take their rest". The words after the comma in the previous guidance have now been removed.
(Source: The Voluntary Sector Legal Handbook, 2nd edition)
Home care charges are to be increased to a maximum of �60.00 per week from �45.00 maximum per week. In 2004 the maximum charge was �25.50.
Nottinghamshire County Council has increased home care charges from �7.00 per hour to �8.50 per hour.
Dorset County Council is moving towards the position where all long-term home care services will be provided by the independent sector.
CSCI inspected the 19 care homes and a home care agency run by the PCT and the inspections revealed key failings.
All inspection reports are on the CSCI website and if you wish to read further details please go to http://www.CSCI.co.uk
A visit was made to a potential client in Worcestershire.
Individual carer training has taken place in Coventry.
Interviews were held last week for potential carers in Banbury. All carers who accept an interview have their appointment confirmed in writing. The day before telephone calls are made to confirm attendance. Despite this three potential carers failed to attend their interview, and one cancelled a few hours before her appointment.
In 2003 Scotland had an estimated 366,000 people over the age of 75 years. It is estimated in 2008 the figure will be 392,000.
We hope you have enjoyed reading this and "see you next week".
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.