August 09, 2007 -- Able Newsflash No.79

Care News

It is estimated that approximately 25,000 Filipinos are employed in British care homes. However, a new work permit system has meant that many Filipino care workers have been advised that their work permits will not be renewed as their posts could be taken up by people from the EU.

As a result it is expected that care homes will start to see a skills and staff crisis from as soon as September.

The Chief Executive of the Criminal Records Bureau said that the organisation is working with other European countries and also with the Australian federal police to try and find an efficient way to check care workers from overseas.

Many overseas care workers are hired to work in the care and health industry and it is sometimes impossible to fully check their credentials and history in their own country.

Although all care workers are CRB checked in this country, it is on occasions a farcical situation as nothing untoward about the care worker will show up on a Scottish or English CRB.

On 26th July a European Law came into force that should make air travel for disabled and older people better. Quite simply, under the new rules airlines and holiday companies will no longer be able to refuse to fly people because of their age or disability.

In 2008 further measures will be introduced which should allow blind people to have their guide dogs in the cabin with them.

In-House News

Potential new posts have been visited this week in Norfolk and in Glasgow.

Potential carers have been interviewed in Glasgow.

A monitoring client visit has taken place in Kent.

Reviews of care plans and risk assessments are being carried out in the homes of five of our clients in South Wales this week.

Interesting Information

During this last winter, 2006/7 the total number of flu vaccinations dispensed in Scotland was 1.1 million. In the age group 65 years and upwards, the take up for the vaccination was just over 75%.
(Source: Scottish Health Statistics)

6000 people a day become a carer. The main Benefit for carers is the amount of �48.65 for at least 35 hours care per week. Carers who work whilst caring and earn over �87.00 pw from work have their allowance stopped. Carers Allowance can�t be paid to carers who claim Incapacity Benefit through disability or older carers who draw their state pension.
(Source: Carers UK)

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.