July 05, 2007 -- Able Newsflash No.74

Care News

Help towards care costs has taken a step forward this month as the new National Framework for NHS Continuing Healthcare has been published. The new framework has been developed after consultation with professional bodies, voluntary bodies, patient user groups, etc. The idea is to make the process of who can claim funding for continuous care easier and fairer to access.

Currently, the system has been described as a post code lottery with some people able to access the funding in parts of the country whilst other people living elsewhere have found it difficult or impossible. The new framework should also speed up the process.

The new framework will come into being from October this year. The cost for the first year is expected to be in the area of �220m.

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Clairmar Care Group plc is buying Acorn Home Care Ltd. Acron Home Care branches mainly in the Midlands and the North of England, providing approx. 13,000 of home care a week.

The number of children admitted to hospital due to alcohol has risen more than a third in the last decade, figures released show.

There were 5,280 hospital admissions among under-16s in 2005/06 related to alcohol - a rise of just over a third on the 3,870 figure for 1995/96.
(Source Mental Health Foundation)

In-House News

Potential clients have been visited in Norfolk, Suffolk, Dorset and Nottinghamshire.

Reviews of care plans/training have taken place in Coventry, Surrey and Norfolk.

Interviews for potential carers have taken place in Norwich and Coventry.

Carer Freda Moyo has successfully completed NVQ 2

Interesting Information

Scotland has 1,491 registered care homes with 43,489 places. The average charge for a long stay resident in an independent care home in 2006 was �459.00. Of the 32,577 long stay residents, 15% had been in residence for more than five years.

"Meals on Wheels"... Depends where you live how much a meal* costs; North Tyneside �2.20, Brent �2.60 and West Sussex �3.20, Devon �3.60.
* Main hot course and dessert.

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.