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03 Apr 2014 11:50

Right to ‘ask’ for personal health budgets begins ….

People with complex health care needs from now have the ‘right to ask’ for a personal health budget.

A personal health budget is an amount of NHS money available to people  living in England with long term conditions to meet their healthcare and wellbeing needs. People design and agree a plan with their healthcare team that shows how they will use the budget to meet their goals, which could include therapies, personal care and equipment. The budgets can be managed in the form of a notional budget, direct payments or a third party arrangement.

If you wish to have a budget but don’t want to manage it yourself, it may be possible for someone else to manage the budget on your behalf. If you care for someone who does not have capacity to manage a personal health budget themselves, the same arrangement may also be possible. Every effort must be made to ask the person about their wishes and to keep their best interests in mind.

You can also manage the care and support you choose in different ways, ranging from doing this yourself through to getting help from another person or organisation to implement what’s in your care plan on your behalf.

More information or to initiate a referral follow the link below or call us today for more advice:

28 Mar 2014 12:29

Care and Support Alliance investigate consequences of changing eligibility criteria for council-funded care

As the influential Public Accounts Committee prepares to investigate the care system, the Care and Support Alliance (CSA) is releasing the findings of an investigation commissioned by people with a disability into government plans for who will and who won’t get care under the new system. CSA analysed the consequences of government’s plans to set eligibility for council-funded care at a higher ‘substantial level.

The full article can be found here:

13 Oct 2013 16:07

Council cost-cutting on care a threat to human rights of elderly – watchdog

“Councils are abusing elderly people’s human rights by forcing down the price they pay agencies to provide care in their homes, the UK’s official equalities watchdog has warned.

In a scathing report, it accused local authorities of actively creating “incentives” for private contractors for care to get worse rather than better.

The findings come just a day after a report by the Leonard Cheshire Disability charity found that more than half of councils now book carers in 15-minute blocks, a practice widely condemned as inhumane.” – telegraph, 08th October 2013

This article highlights the need for a better thought out long term solution for the elderly and disabled individuals in our community (although the articles’ emphasis is the elderly) but fails to provide any opinions regarding a solution. In these situations live in care can often be an excellent alternative to ‘slices’ of 15 minute care throughout the day as the costs are consolidated into one weekly figure that wouldn’t change on a sometimes daily basis. There other benefits are endless but include; the same care worker ‘familiar face’, 24 hour care, as the live in care worker will be there constantly there will always be someone on hand in case of an emergency, the client and live in care worker get to know each other, family can always phone and speak to the same live in care worker for updates regarding their loved one and so on. However live in care seems to be massively overlooked as people always assume that it will not be practical or that the cost would be too high. As we have proved, this is not the case.

full article available here:

01 Oct 2013 10:33

Ready for Ageing Alliance calls for Government to plan for ageing impact

According to a poll of more than 2,200 UK adults the Government is simply not ready to deal with demographic change and the impact of an ageing population.

Over three quarters (77 per cent) of people said the Government was not ready for the impact of an ageing population, and 76 per cent went on to say that there should be one individual in the Cabinet responsible for ensuring Government is preparing for our ageing society.

The poll, conducted by not-for-profit older people’s housing and care provider Anchor also found that 84 per cent of people think that more needs to be done to educate people about planning for and paying for care.

With the Conservative party conference due to start on Sunday the Ready for Ageing Alliance, of which Anchor is a founding member, has intensified its call for Government to plan for our ageing population.

Full article can be found here:

23 Sep 2013 16:23

Public ‘unaware’ of care-home costs – and of probability they will need care themselves

People in Britain are “oblivious” to the cost of adult care and the likelihood of their own need for care in the future, a report warns today.

The Strategic Society Centre think-tank says that the  public has little knowledge of how much adult care costs.

Nearly half of all respondents to a survey said they did not know the average weekly cost of a place in a residential care home. Of those that did answer, the mean figure suggested was £396.58 – around £140 below the average fee of £531.

The survey also found that many people underestimate the probability of needing care themselves in the future. Out of 2,271 people asked , more than half believed the probability was lower than 40 per cent. Yet research suggests that 65-year-old men have a 68 per cent chance of needing care before they die, while women have an 85 per cent chance. “Voters may struggle to ensure that the quality of services provided to vulnerable members of their community is appropriate … if they do not know what their local authority pays for care,” the report warns.

Asked what price, on average, they thought their local authorities paid per week for a care-home place, 60.5 per cent said they did not know. The amount suggested by those who provided an estimate was £350.88 , when the average amount was £480 per week.–and-of-probability-they-will-need-care-themselves-8818204.html#!

23 Sep 2013 14:19

5 Benefits of Live in Care

1. Live-in care allows you to Remain in your own home

Live-in care allows individuals to stay in the comfort of your own home receiving care delivered to you by a live in care worker. There is no stressful upheaval of relocating and giving up treasured possessions and no unnecessary changes have to be made to your familiar surroundings or routines.

2. Live-in care provides One-to-One Care

Unlike a residential home where many individuals have to be considered, live-in care is a personal service that is tailored to the needs of the individual. The carer accommodates your regular routine and specific needs. The service is flexible and changes can be made if circumstances require.

3. Live-in care Improves Quality of Life

With the support and companionship of a live-in carer, many people feel less lonely and vulnerable. This in turn often promotes an improvement in both the mental and physical well-being of our clients. Often our live-in carers take their client on outings or to appointments, enabling them to enjoy more variety in their lives.

4. Live-in care provides Peace of Mind

The family has peace of mind knowing that their loved one is cared for 24 hours a day. Live-in care continues the freedom to visit and call whenever they want without the restrictions sometimes imposed by residential care homes.

5. Live-in care is Cost Effective

People value their independence, privacy and freedom of choice and that is why they prefer to stay in their own home. This can be achieved at a similar or lesser cost than a quality residential or nursing home. Live-in care is an especially cost effective solution for couples.