December 14, 2006 -- Able Newsflash No.46

Care News

Lasting Powers of Attorney will replace Enduring Power of Attorney next year and similarly Living Wills or Advance Directives will be replaced by Advance Decisions. The legal status of the above will be given within the same legislation.

Until the legislation comes it will be possible to still obtain Enduring Power of Attorney and such status will continue to be recognised indefinitely once in place.

45 Council leaders signed a letter in the Guardian last week warning that elderly care services are "teetering on the brink" due to a lack of government funding.

The letter was written in response to such issues as:

(Guardian Unlimited Dec 7th 2006)

In-House News

Potential client visits have taken place in Bristol, Norfolk, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire and Sussex.

A new post has begun in Kent. A male adult with MS fed via a peg feed. Sal. �622.00. pw inc. Care Manager Sam Clarke.

Currently we are having building work carried out in the office and a new, network computer system installed. Both of the above works will carry on into the New Year and we apologise if this causes any inconvenience or delays.

Interesting Information

Each year over 2 million people are faced with new caring responsibilities. They become family carers. (Carers UK Dec. 06)

"CSCI has been scrutinising 23 troubled homes in the county since April amid fears of neglect, low staffing levels, mismanagement, medication errors and administration problems. Inspectors have already said that want to shut two homes and are close to issuing closure notices to two more. The names and locations of these care homes are not being made public yet."
(Norwich Evening News 8th Dec.)

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.