December 21, 2006 -- Able Newsflash No.47

Care News

Scotland, which provides free personal care to those in need have found this a very expensive process. This has had the effect that some in areas of Scotland councils have started waiting lists for those who require personal care. This has meant that many people have been waiting some considerable time before their personal care service has begun.

In early December the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman decided that the claim of a gentleman of ninety years that his funding for care had been withheld for five months was wrong. This decision indicates that Scottish councils will have to fund free personal care whether they have the money available or not.

It is reported that about half of the Scottish councils have waiting lists and this could result in claims from other people who have been refused funding due to a waiting list.

The Scottish Executive has provided in excess of �550million for personal care since the policy was introduced in 2002.

New Star Ratings
The promised system of star ratings being given to social care providers is nearing reality.

Work will begin early in the New Year to come up with a system that will fairly grade social care providers.

The ratings will go from one star to three stars and "the stars" will be accompanied by words such as; excellent, good, adequate or poor.

Essex County Council provides over 25,000 care packages for people over the age of 65. It spends 43% of its net revenue budget on adult care, �400m, and this is increasing by over 9% each year.

The county's grant from central Government was increased by 2.7%.

In order to continue to fund adult care they are looking to see if there are ways to make savings in services such as education and roads or to raise Council Tax. (Guide2Care)

In-House News

Potential new clients have been visited in Somerset, Surrey and Berkshire.

Risk assessments have taken place in Leicester, Coventry and Derby.

Jackie Maasz, Care Manager has attended a course: Dementia and Challenging Behaviour.

A new post has been started in Suffolk. An elderly lady with sight problems. Salary �547.00pw inc.

Interesting Information

Help the Aged advise that 62% of people between the ages of 45 to 65 years have made no plans for any future care they may need.

Entering a care home on a permanent basis - the cost you will have to pay depends on your income and capital. If capital is less than �12,750 then just your income is looked at. If you have more than �21,000 in capital then the full cost of the care home is paid by the you.

Capital includes: bank or building society accounts, Nat. Sav. Certs., Bonds, PEPs, Tessas, ISAs and shares.

Income includes: retirement pension, pension credit, income support, private or occupational pensions and any annuities or trust funds.

If any of the above are jointly owned your share only is taken into consideration.

Finally may I wish all readers "A Very Happy Festive Season" and the Newsflash will return on Thursday 4th January 2007.

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.