The budget details of England�s 150 councils for 2007/2008 show that a quarter are planning to increase their charges for homecare, some by 20%, some 40% and eight by 100%.
The average cost across the councils for eleven hours of home care has risen to �133.21 from �113.63 in 2006/2007
There is a wide range of home care charges for example in 2007/2008 the hourly charge for home care in Brighton is �18.00 per hour whilst in Bradford it is �3.60 per hour.
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The improvements are to directly benefit residents and include such changes as;Replacing worn out carpeting, alterations to give residents more privacy, upgrading dining rooms, upgrading bedrooms and bathrooms, etc.
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For the past three months Able Community Care has written several letters to hospitals which have been publicly noted as having a bed blocking problem. Live-in care for a week or more, as we see it, would provide an appropriate discharge arrangement until either the person could become independent or required a reduced amount of support. None of our letters have been acknowledged despite the fact that in one area we already have contracts with the council.
Client care reviews have taken place in Norfolk and Devon.
Carer Susan Stevens has attended a Manual Handling Course given by the St. Johns Ambulance Brigade.
A new post is commencing in Cambridgeshire: an elderly lady with age deterioration. Salary �547.00pw inc. Care Manager Ruth Divey
Care Manager Sam Clarke has begun a new post: an elderly lady requiring stroke aftercare living in Lincolnshire. Salary �622.00inc.
David Gifford attended a Contracts review meeting in Cardiff.
Potential carers have been interviewed in Norwich and South Wales.
Our Second Hand Shop is now open on our website. If you or someone you know wishes to sell or buy disability equipment, please go to our new web pages here:
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We hope you have enjoyed reading this and "see you next week".
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.