March 23, 2006 -- Able Newsflash No.8

Care News

Minimum Wage - A government decision has been made to increase the minimum wage to �5.35 an hour from October 2006. An increase of 30 pence per hour. For 18 - 21 year olds the rate will rise to �4.45 per hour. An increase of 20 pence per hour.

The United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) holds various conferences and workshops around the UK providing up to date information on current topics within domiciliary care. The conferences and workshops are open to all.

The following conferences and workshops are available and if you wish to attend please contact the UKHCA for further details by telephoning 0208 2885291.

The Trouble With Old People - Channel 4 is presenting a series of four short filmseach with its own distinctive take on different aspects of life in later years.

They cover, for example, the agonising and intensely personal decision that has to be made when elderly people are no longer able to live independently and the situation where grown up offspring are torn between doing their duty and finding their elderly parents a burden

First programme is on 27th March at 9.00pm followed by the other three on 28th March, 29th March and 30th March.

Enhanced Disclosures - The cost for a Scottish Enhanced Disclosure is increasing to �20.00. The English Disclosure has risen to �36.00. Administrative costs will add additional cost. e.g. Able Community Care charge an additional �4.00. per disclosure.

Domicilary Care Agency Sold - York Helpers has been acquired by Springfield Healthcare Group. York Helpers was founded in 1984 and provided hourly and live-in carers. Turnover is quoted at �750,000 per annun.

Last October Springfield Homecare acquired Baylea Homecare based in Hull. Baylea was founded in 1997 and had 70 staff. Springfield Homecare was founded in 1996 and has around 900 clients living in the areas of Leeds, Hull and York.

In-House Section

In the last few weeks Able Community Care has been inspected by both the Commission for Social Care Inspection and by The Scottish Care Commission.

Both inspections were carried out at our office premises in Trowse, Norwich. Records, files and documents were checked, clients and carers surveyed, all in accordance with the Standards laid down.

We are happy to report that both inspections were successfully completed. Reports will be available to the public in the coming weeks.

New post - elderly couple in Norfolk. Salary �579.00 per week inclusive.

Visits to see prospective clients have been arranged in Norfolk and Suffolk.

Enquiries in the last seven days have come in from: Kent, Jersey, London, Worcestershire, Berkshire, Essex and Dorset.

Interesting Statistics

By 2021 over a quarter of the UK population will be over the age of 60.

Scotland - At September 2005 there were 969 care homes for older people in Scotland. These homes offered 38, 1919 places and the occupation figure was 33,716 residents. At September 2005 there were 8 care homes less than in March 2005. This reduced the number of places by 100.

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.