April 20, 2006 -- Able Newsflash No.12

Care News

Residential care in Liverpool
Two care homes to close resulting in 100 elderly residents being forced to leave. The Belmont Grange is owned by BUPA and is closing because of low occupancy rates. The Mary Mount is run by the Sisters of Charity of Our Lady of Evron. During the last four years around 15 homes in Liverpool have closed down.

Carers recruited from overseas and the CRB situation
To date the Criminal Records Bureau has only given access to criminal records held on the Police National Computer and therefore the CRB check was not providing a complete check for carers being recruited from overseas.

From April 10th the CRB has changed the way it provides information on how to access overseas, criminal records.

A dedicated webpage has been set up providing information on 21 countries. Unfortunately Zimbabwe and Nigeria are not amongst the countries listed which do include Malaysia, Philippines, South Africa and Poland. For further details and faqs go to: http://www.crb.gov.uk

In-House News

CSCI Inspection
In line with instructions from the CSCI we can now advise you that our inspection report is now a public document. This means that you are able to view our report on the CSCI website at: http://www.csci.org.uk. If you do not have the internet and would like a copy of the report please contact us.

Similarly, in a few weeks. The inspection report of the Scottish Care Commission should also become a public document.

It is possible to read the inspection report of any organisation that the CSCI/Scottish Care Commission inspects. Domiciliary care agencies, residential homes, some local authority departments, etc. are all there for you to read.

Over the Easter break one local authority had an acute problem and desperately needed a live-in carer to provide cover to a man with learning difficulties. We were very pleased to be able to help out by providing a live-in carer on the day of the speculative phone call.

Examples of people that Able Community Care currently provides a long term, live-in carer service to:

Interesting Statistics

2006 is the 75th anniversary of the first, official, guide dog in the UK.

Local councils are purchasing 73 percent of their home care services from the private or voluntary sector. In 2005 a total of 354,500 households received home care of which 250,200 households received care from the independent sector.

Further figures however suggest that although the number of hours of home care increased it was actually given to a smaller number of households, which means that more hours were taken up on intensive care. i.e. more than 10 contract hours and six or more home care visits per week.

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.