April 27, 2006 -- Able Newsflash No.13

Care News

Three, privately run residential homes in Sussex have advised that they are closing down. Reasons given include the inability, on financial grounds, to implement the minimum requirements of the Care Standards Act. e.g. rooms advised as too small for residents.

For people with more than �21,000 in savings in Devon, the cost of day care has risen from �5.30 to �12.50 per day. A week of residential care, sometimes used for respite for the carer, has risen to �550.00 from �240.00 per week. The means-test is in line with government guidelines. People who have no savings can access services free.

Financial Interest

Domiciliary care agencies can be privately owned e.g. Able Community Care, can be owned by shareholders, have charitable status or can be care franchises.

An American/Canadian franchise company is trying to break into the UK market trading under the name of Comfort Keepers. Currently they are seeking total investment of between �200,000 and �350,000 per franchise dependent on the territory area.

Buying a care franchise means putting a total minimum investment up front to buy your territory. Following, find the total minimum investment required by some of the care franchises operating in the UK as advised by website/franchise sites:

In-House News

Staff from this office have carried out either client assessment visits, risk assessment visits or had care meetings this week in Cambridge, Cheltenham, Reading, Derby, Norwich, Essex and Cornwall.

New Post - Elderly lady in her 90�s living in Lancashire requires carers. Salary �536.00 p.w. inc. Contact Care Manager Ruth Divey 01603 281915

Edinburgh, 6th June - Able Community Care is holding approx. 75 minute, free sessions to introduce our live-in care service to the people of Edinburgh. Several sessions are being held throughout the day, so if you would like a place please call Susan Lamb on 01603 615180 to book a convenient time. Venue is Jury's Hotel, Edinburgh.

Interesting Statistics

What responsibilities do Councils have for care of older and disabled people? Quite simply they have a legal responsibility to find out what kind of social care is needed in their locality and to either provide or commission that care.

Currently, councils provide care for approx. 360,000 adults in their own homes and provide for approx. 270,000 adults in nursing and residential care homes.

Meals on Wheels - Meals on Wheels are hot meals delivered daily, or on days of choice, when a person is unable to good a hot, nutritious meal for themselves.The cost, usually for a main meal and a dessert, varies, dependent on where you live. For example:

Some councils offer delivered frozen meals to be heated/cooked in the persons own over or microwave. Prices also vary from council to council.

There are also private companies who deliver Meals on Wheels as frozen. e.g. Wiltshire Farm Foods.

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.