June 14, 2007 -- Able Newsflash No.71

Care News

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 DOH has announced a �67m refurbishment fund to help pay for improvements in seven thousand care homes.

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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On 4th June 2007 The Telegraph gave the information that a million days were lost last year by bed blocking in hospitals because people who were ready to be discharged could not be found places in care homes or appropriate support in the community.

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.

Southern Cross has purchased a further 15 care homes from the care home operator Avery. This now means that Southern Cross has 667 homes offering 33,816 beds. Southern Cross is the largest care home provider in the UK

In-House News

Potential new clients have been visited in Norfolk, London and Somerset.

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.

Interesting Information

Britannia Care is a domiciliary care agency based in Bacup, Lancashire. The social housing company Mears, which bought the care company Careforce earlier this year, has purchased Britannia Care. The sum paid was �1.1m.

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:
Buyers : /second-hand-store.html
Sellers : /second-hand-disability-equipment.html

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.