June 08, 2006 -- Able Newsflash No.19

Care News

Southern Cross Healthcare, the largest British operator of nursing homes, (578 homes and 28,748 beds available) is planning to list on the London Stock Exchange. Currently Southern Cross healthcare has a 6 percent share of total beds available in the nursing home industry. Southern Cross Healthcare plan to expand to meet the increasing demand of an aging population.

48 Hour working week
Last week Ministers from the EU states met in Luxembourg to discuss the European Law which governs the number of hours people can work, their holidays and rest periods.

The UK, which currently "opts out" from enforcing a 48 hour week on all workers, is leading a group of countries which want to preserve this arrangement. These countries include Malta, Estonia, Germany and Poland. In the UK more than 3.6m people regularly more than 48 hours per week.

At the end of the discussions in Luxemburg the EU remained divided and no decision was reached.

UK Trade and Industry Secretary Alistair Darling said, "We could not agree to a text saying that we will phase out the "opt out". I am encouraged that we should continue to retain it - and that an increasing number of countries are using it."

The majority of Carers who provide services on a Live-In care basis, by the nature of the work involved and the fact that they are living in another person�s home, choose to "opt out" of the 48 hour Working Time Directive. Should the UK lose the "opt out" this could cause companies who provide live-in care services to re-arrange the service they provide over shorter periods of time. For example, instead of providing for a live-in carer to go in for periods of time from a week upwards, care may have to be supplied by carers living in for a few days only before they are replaced by the next carer. Such moves would increase the cost of care and cause disruption to the people who are cared for.

In-House News

Recruitment : Last week 12 potential, live-in carers were interviewed at a venue in London.

Wanted : Applications from potential Live-In carers in South Wales. Please ring 01603 281926 and ask for Susan.

Visits and Assessments : In the last week assessment visits have been carried out in South Wales and Cheshire. Reviews of clients care packages have taken place in Somerset, Cambridgeshire and Lancashire.

One of our Care Managers, Samantha Clarke, attended a training course this week on "Infection Control". The course was given by Achor Training of Beccles and was held at a venue in Ipswich.

Interesting Statistics

86,000 people in the UK suffer from MS. Per head of population the Island of Orkney has the highest number of people diagnosed with MS followed by Cornwall.

Fees for Registration by the Commission for Social Care Inspection - the fees required for the coming year are:

There are approx. 350 Community Hospitals in England.

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.