April 13, 2006 -- Able Newsflash No.11

Care News

The European Court of Justice is to rule on the United Kingdom�s implementation of the European Working Time Directive.

The European Commission makes the claim that the UK is failing to currently implement the Directive. This is mainly in relation to the cases where the working time is not measured or set in advance or can be arranged by the worker in part but also arranged by the employer.

This could have an implication for people such as hospital doctors who are on call, live-in carers, etc.

Self employed people who are free to work for different clients/customers do not have to adhere to the Working Time Regulations.

Guardian Care Support Services, established in 2001 and Guardian Homecare also established in 2001 have been acquired by Clinova. GCSS operated as a care agency specialising in providing community care to people with learning difficulties, whilst GH was a franchise provider of domiciliary care. Clinova have their HQ in Harlow, Essex,

The Commission for Social Care Inspection has reported how care homes met the national minimum standards based on whom they were run by i.e. voluntary, council and privately run.

The voluntary sector care homes for older people met 80 percent of the standards, council homes met 73 percent and private residential homes achieved 71 percent.

In-House News

Visits to prospective clients this week have been in the counties of Norfolk, Humberside, Leicestershire and Lancashire.

Interviews for carers have taken place in Norwich.

Enquiries have come in from Uttoxeter, Port Talbot and several from Surrey.

Interesting Statistics

An estimated one million people attend hospital each year as a result of a head injury.

11,600 people will suffer severe head injury and remain unconscious for six hours or longer. After five years, only 15 percent will have returned to work. (Source BBC.co.uk)

In 2004-2005 an estimated 1.72 million people in need of care received help and support from social services in England. Most of these (1.46 million) were living at home. An estimated 1.23 million (71 percent of the total) were aged 65 and over. (Source DOH)

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

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