The Mental Capacity Act 2005 created a statutory, independent advocacy scheme to support and help people who are vulnerable and lack capacity and have no family friends or other advocates to make decisions for them. Decisions such as serious medical treatment, moving into or between care settings such as a hospital or a residential/nursing home, etc.,
The scheme is called the IMCA scheme (Independent Mental Capacity Advocate) and IMCA will appoint an advocate to the person in order to voice their wishes, beliefs and values. The advocate will voice both their current and past wishes.
The IMCA Scheme is now being nationally rolled out. Referral to the IMCA Scheme is normally via a doctor or social worker but referrals can be made by other persons who are concerned about someone.
For further details visit the DOH website
However, there are some social care providers, residential care homes included, where the Standards are not met, (We mentioned in the Newsflash some weeks back that Norfolk had 28 Care Homes that did not meet the Standards required). To remedy the problem CSCI has set up seven new enforcement teams to tackle poorly performing services.
Part of their remit will be that local authorities will be advised which care providers are currently failing and the changes required for the care provider to improve to the necessary standards.
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A client review has taken place in Kent and Buckinghamshire.
A new post has commenced in Sussex. Elderly frail female. Sal. �558.00pw inc. Care Manager Ruth Divey
A new post has commenced in South London. Female with MND. Sal �685.00pw inc. Care Manager Jackie Maasz.
Hampshire Care, an organisation that has represented Hampshire Care providers for over 20 years argues that Councils are still not paying care home providers enough. As a result, private care homes are struggling to survive in a time where the demand for places is set to �go through the roof� (Source guide to care �
About two or three times a year, Able Community Care used to receive a letter or phone call from businesses who work as agents for purchasers of domiciliary care companies.
In the last six days we have received two letters and one phone call from such agents.
Many social care chain operators have an active program to purchase domiciliary care companies to add to their portfolio and outside businesses such as Housing Associations, are coming into the market. Foreign buyers are also considering purchasing existing care providers.
We hope you have enjoyed reading this and "see you next week".
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.