December 07, 2006 -- Able Newsflash No.45

Care News

The future of health and social care
As previously reported the move to merge the Commission for Social Care Inspection, the Healthcare Commission and the Mental Health Act Commission has been put back until 2008 and the Dept. of Health is now asking for the views of the general public.

The mergers are meant to streamline standards and to produce a more joined up system of health and social care and provide more choice for all across the social board.

If you would like to make your views heard about how you feel about such a merger, what factors you feel it is important to include, any questions you have about the planned move, then download the consultation document from the DOH website here (right click and save):

CSCI Report advises that hundreds of thousands of elderly people will not be able to access domiciliary care services because of a funding shortfall and the increasing financial cuts within the NHS.

In its report last week it says that almost two thirds of the 150 councils that provide social services have changed their eligibility criteria so that only the most dependent people receive services.

In many councils elderly and disabled people will only receive services if they fall into either the category of "critical" or are at "substantial risk".

North Yorkshire, West Berkshire and Northumberland are reported by CSCI as already limiting home care to critical or life threatening situations.

The number of households receiving homecare has dropped 30% since 1992.

In-House News

Able Community Care was inspected by the Scottish Care Commission on Wednesday. An inspector travelled down from Scotland to carry out the inspection.

Mandy Gulatar*, based in the South West had a meeting with a representative from Camborne Live at Home Scheme.

New posts have been visited in Cornwall and South Wales. Reviews have taken place in Scotland.

We are very pleased to advise our readers that our Office Manager Judy Tye has successfully completed NVQ4 in Management (CSCI requirement) Our Scottish Development Manager, Sue Lamb has now registered for the same course.

New jobs have been started in:

The Able Community Care brochure and client assessment form is now available in Welsh.

* Mandy�s telephone number for people in the South West is 01726 821100

Interesting Information

Many agencies charge a Registration Fee or an Assessment Fee before considering taking a client on to their books. Two we have come across this week charge �75.00 and �82.50 respectively.

One single drop of blood contains about 5 million red blood cells and there are 2,500 nerve receptors in each square centimetre of your finger tips.

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.