December 13, 2007 -- Able Newsflash No.97

Care News

Community Matrons are highly trained nurses whose role is to care for people with long term conditions such as diabetes, asthma, etc. to prevent them having hospital admissions that could be prevented. In 2004 a plan to recruit 3000 Community Matrons was launched by the Health Secretary John Reid. This number was then reduced to 2500. However, figures from the Healthcare Commission show that by March 2007 only 1600 were in post.

Scotland � Fife Council has a social work overspend in excess of �4m. They have therefore decided to put up the cost of home care charges. A group, The Campaign Against Charges group have staged a protest at the Council�s offices in a bid to make councillors realising the damaging effects the new charges will have.

In Fife Today, a local newspaper, an example is given of a lady who currently has fourteen hours of care a week to help get her up each morning, for which she is currently paying �150.00 per week. The lady concerned says that should the new charges be implemented she will have to pay �300.00 per week.

Supporta, the domiciliary care provider with branches throughout the UK has acquired the nursing agency Hallam Healthcare Services which is based in the East Midlands. Hallam Healthcare currently has contracts with several councils in the region.

In-House News

Potential new client posts have been visited in Surrey, Lancashire, Herefordshire, Guernsey and Wales.

A risk assessment and care plan review has been carried out in Scotland.

A new post has commenced in West Sussex. A gentleman in his late 50�s requiring care as a result of a stroke. Salary �601.00pw inc. Care Manager Sam Clarke. 01603 281918

Able Personal Litigation Services have received a new instruction from solicitors in East Anglia.

Potential carer interviews have taken place in Norfolk and in Derbyshire.

Carer/client monitoring visits have taken place in Suffolk and Norfolk.

Interesting Information

Half of the number of hospital beds are now occupied by those over the age of 75. (Source: CEPR)

Reported in The Telegraph of 22nd November was the story of an elderly lady aged 94, who suffers from dementia and has won a High Court fight to force the NHS to pay her nursing home fees. Her family fought on the basis that she required 24 hour nursing care rather than social care. Nursing care is free on the NHS.The case was against The Plymouth Teaching Primary Care Trust. They have now agreed to cover the costs of her care in the nursing home.

Question asked of us in March 2006:
How can I find out about how care homes operate in my area? Is there a central register that will give me information about each home or do I have to rely on their brochures?

Answer - The care home sector is regulated by The Commission for Social Care Inspection and all care homes have to achieve the 38 Standards that have been laid down by the Commission. Every care home is required to register and by going to the Commission for Social Care Inspection website you can look at any care home inspection report in England.

The report will cover such things as what the service does well and what has improved since the last inspection visit. For all of the 38 Standards there is feedback e.g. have they reached the required level of service as laid down by the Commission?

Scores are given for compliance for each of the Standards. Any statutory requirements that have to be met are listed.

It is possible to download the report information or you can order a paper copy to be sent to you.

With this information on varying homes you can get a clear picture of each care home enabling you to compare and choose according to your requirements.

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.