October 05, 2006 -- Able Newsflash No.36

Care News

With effect from this week the Minimum Wage Rate goes up to �5.35 per hour for people age 22 and over. For people age 18 to 21 years the new rate is �4.45 per hour. The rate for people age 16 to 17 years is �3.30 per hour.

Last year approx. 3500 public sector care home places for elderly people were lost. Approx. 1250 care home places were created in the private and voluntary sector. (Laing and Buisson Survey). The lowest percentage of care home places available are in London, East Anglia and the Home Counties.

Essex - a private company Excelcare Holdings took over the running of ten nursing homes from the Essex Council in 2005. The ten homes have approx.400 elderly residents.

The company now says that it is not making a profit from the homes and the nursing home staff are being ask to either take a pay cut or face the possibility that homes may close and jobs will be lost.

Similarly Care UK care staff who were transferred to the firm in April 2004 from Islington Council when the company took over the running of two care homes and two day centres have been angered at proposals to cut their pay and worsen their conditions of employment. (further details from www.communitycare.co.uk - search for Islington).

In-House News

David Gifford attended a full day workshop at the Resource Centre London re Cognitive Rehabilitation Issues. Workshop run by Steve Shears, Training Manager of Headway.

Norma Elliott (Barden) who joined Able Community Care in 1990, is retiring today. Mrs Elliott began as a Care Manager, became our Office Manager and for the last two years has been our Risk Assessor and Manual Handling Trainer.

Carers who have joined Able Community Care in September have either NVQ 2 or a Nursing qualification.

Potential clients have been visited in London and Norfolk in the last week. Reviews of care packages have taken place in Suffolk and Norfolk.

New post - Lady in mid, fifties with Alzheimers living in the South East. Salary �547.00 inc, Care Manager Ruth Divey.

In the last five days we have received 14 potential client enquiries.

Interesting Information

Live-in care Personal Assistant post being advertised on the internet currently. Salary �70.00 per day for a 42 hour week. Other benefits include a �100 per week performance related bonus plus use of car. Area Gloucestershire.

Social care staff employed by Councils in England number 277,000, 50% of which work part time, 25% work in residential care and 80% are female.

The highest number of vacancies for social care staff is in London with the lowest number of vacancies being in the South West. (LGA)

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.