April 06, 2006 -- Able Newsflash No.10

Care News

Walsall Homecare has been acquired by the Claimar Care Group. The Claimar Care Group is one of the largest providers of domiciliary care services to local authorities throughout the Midlands and the North-West. Walsall Homecare Ltd currently has about 50 care workers.

Healthcare Homes Group Ltd have acquired PriMed Group�s 8 homes, a total of 280 beds. PriMed�s homes are based in Suffolk.

The Independent Care Group (ICG) body based in North Yorkshire represents care providers in the area.

The ICG called a meeting in March, to which 125 providers across the spectrum of care attended, to protest at the rate North Yorkshire County Council was offering as an increase in care rates.

The rates offered were under 3 percent which has been rebuffed by the care providers who estimate their costs have gone up by 6.8 percent. The minimum wage increase and the increasing cost of CRBs are having a major influence on the care providers costs.

The decision at the meeting was to raise a protest petition to central Government. This is in line with other national care associations who have issued a warning to local authorities that the proposed fees increase for 2006/2007 are totally unacceptable.

In-House News

The latest edition of the Able Community Care Gazette has been published. The Gazette, which is bi-monthly, has a run of 2500 copies. If you would like a regular copy sent to you, then email your request to ablemg@aol.com

Interviews for care staff have been held in Burnley and Norwich this week.

Prospective client visits have taken place in Suffolk and Norfolk.

Regular carers required for elderly lady in beautiful village in Suffolk. Salary �434.00 pw plus travel expenses. Call Jackie on 01603 281912.

Interesting Statistics

An estimated 70,000 people a year have to sell their homes to pay for residential or nursing home costs.

In the year 2000 there were 9.3 million people over the age of 65. In 2051 there are expected to be 16.8 million people over 65.

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford,
Proprietor of Able Community Care.