June 29, 2006 -- Able Newsflash No.22

Care News

The Nursing Homes Fees Agency is reporting that it is concerned at the number of calls being received from families of older people in care homes being wrongly denied the Attendance Allowance.

If you are living in a care home and are self funding you can claim and receive Attendance Allowance. Self funding also includes the situation where people enter into a deferred loan arrangement whereby the loan is repaid eventually from the proceeds of the sale of their home. Not claiming the allowance can mean losing up to approx. �3,200.00 per year.

Free Personal Care in Scotland
Holyrood�s Health Committee has found that almost 5000 pensioners are on the waiting list for free, personal care across Scotland. Reasons given by Scottish local authorities is lack of funding available.

Bluebird Care in Hampshire, registered with CSCI in August 2004, is offering domiciliary care franchises. The required financial investment in the first instance is between �20K and �30K. Bluebird Managing Director is Paul Tarsey formally associated with Care Watch Franchise. For further details please visit their website.

GLAD - Greater London Action on Disabilty has closed down. All staff have been made redundant.

In-House News

Potential carers who have applied in the last week have had the following qualifications: 5 people with SVQ�s , 5 people with NVQ�s and 8 people with many years experience.

A potential new client has been visited in Wales.

Reviews or risk assessments have taken place in Wales, Suffolk, Hertfordshire, West Midlands and Nottinghamshire.

Two carers successfully completed NVQ2 training in May.

Two new posts commencing in July:

Both of the above posts are with Sam. If you are an Able Carer and are interested please give her a call on 01603 281913

Interesting Statistics

http://www.search4beds.co.uk is a free service for anyone seeking information about care home vacancies. Simply log on and look for the county you are interested in. Whereas, it may not have a complete list it is a useful tool to use.

Similarly, care homes can place their vacancies on the same site for free. Vacancies appear within 12 hours.

Conference Details
UKHCA Annual England Conference is taking place on Wednesday 5th July at the Holiday Inn, Sheffield. The conference will provide information about the future of domiciliary care and current working practice issues. If you are interested in attending please contact Jane Taylor-Medhurst at UKHCA 020 8288 1551

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.