February 23, 2006 -- Able Newsflash No.4

Care News

Care Home News - More than 5000 of 11,500 care homes for people over the age of 65 are currently failing to meet the standards as laid down by The Commission for Social Care Inspection.

Carer News - Liam Byrne Junior Health Minister announces that Britain�s 750,000 care workers who look after elderly and vulnerable adults and children are to be registered for the first time under government plans designed to address fears staff are not properly supervised. It is expected that it could take until 2012 to register all staff.

Care Agency News - Leonard Cheshire will closes it�s domiciliary care service in Braunton, Devon on 31st March. The reason is given is that the contractual rate from Devon County Council is not reflective of the true cost. Leonard Cheshire submitted a tender price of �14.00 per hour but the successful bid was a tender price of �12.49 per hour from another company. Redundancy discussions are taking place with the care agency staff. ( North Devon Gazette 25.1.06)

Care Company News - Claimar Care Group plc completed its listing on The Alternative Investment Market of The London Stock Exchange on 31st January 2006. Claimar Care is based in Edgbaston. A recent acquisition of the company was the purchase of Appleford Care Agency in Didsbury.

Care Company News - The Independent Living Organisation, head office in Loughton, Essex, was purchased in December 2005 by Supporta Care Ltd. The online edition of The Independent gave the price paid for the company as �4.9m (with �2m more depending on profits).

In House News

Live-in Carers wanted for: New job in Somerset. Male age 37. Salary inclusive of holiday pay and travel �538.00 per week. Call Ruth on 01603 281915

Live-in Carers wanted for: New job in Cambridgeshire. Male early twenties with CP. Salary �601 inc. of holiday pay and travel. Call Sam on 01603 281913

Current Job Advert appearing in several papers this week reads: �Experienced Live-in Carers required. Must have NVQ Level 2 and clean driving licence. Salary �750 - �1200.00 per fortnight. Call Recruitment on 01603 281923�

Visits to clients and potential clients taking place this week are in the following areas: Norfolk, Hertfordshire, Lincolnshire, Kent, Nottinghamshire and Manchester.

Enquiries for brochures this week came from: Surrey, Norfolk, Ireland, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Hampshire and Scotland.

Interesting Statistics

Wales had the highest proportion of disabled people registered in 2003/2004

The proportion of GP consultations taking place in a patient�s home declined from 22% in 1971 to 4% in GB in 2003.

As of 31 March 2005, there were in England 4371 domiciliary care services, plus 907 nursing agencies registered with the Commission for Social Care Inspection. Of these, 2919 domiciliary care services and 894 nursing agencies are in the private or voluntary sector, (Source CSCI).

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.

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