March 30, 2006 -- Able Newsflash No.9

Care News

An increased number of older people will be given the choice to live at home - an �18.5m government project is launched to fund the initiative. Pilot schemes will run to evaluate the project but councils interested in getting some of this money will have to bid for it. Further details can be found at; http://www.dh.gov.uk

Working Time Directive - "Makes It Impossible To Train Doctors Properly" is the title of an article in the Medical Student News of 27th March. Working and qualifying as a specialist has meant that enough training sessions cannot be accessed. For further details go to; http://www.medicalnewstoday.com

Public Pay Rises - The Chancellor has announced that the public pay sector will average 2.25% over the next year.

Looking for care? - A discussion document launched by the Commission for Social Care Inspection asks if people looking for care for themselves or others should have the services of professional social care brokers. If you have a view you wish to express you can get the relevant document from; http://www.csci.org.uk and search for "Support Brokerage".

NHS Job Losses - More than 3,000 job cuts have been announced by English NHS Trusts since the beginning of March. (Source BBC News)

The Office of Fair Trading - is carrying out an inquiry, requested by the Council of Ministers on the Isle of Man. The reason being that costs of elderly care at nursing homes in the Isle of Man are due to rise on 10th April and the ministers have ordered the investigation into the 'appropriateness' of the charges. (Souce BBC News)

In-House Section

Interviews for carers have been held in Lincoln, Farnham and Norwich this week.

A respite post in Hertfordshire has been filled. Older couple required two weeks live-in carer cover for 14 days. Inclusive salary was �622.00 per week.

Visits to prospective clients have taken place in Surrey, Suffolk and Norfolk. Enquiries this week have come in from Surrey, Devon, Herts, Cheshire, Suffolk and the West Midlands.

The latest edition of the Able Community Gazette is on line at; /community-care-magazine-no46.html

Interesting Statistics

At the present time there are several domiciliary care agencies up for sale. Areas include Scotland and several on the South Coast. Prices range from �33,000 to �5,000,000.00. Details can be found on the internet by searching for "domiciliary care agencies for sale".

Client profile - Able Community Care: Gentleman aged 76, C6/C7 as a result of a road accident fourteen years ago. Able Community Care has provided continuous, live-in care since February 1995.

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.