Standards of Almshouse Management


3.4 Scheme manager/ warden

…addresses and telephone numbers of residents’ doctors and other agencies such as the Social Services Department, chiropodists, dentists and opticians Developing links with local health, housing and Social Services Departments…

3.3 Roles and responsibilities

…areas of work, operational tasks and human resources. The clerk will normally be an employee of the organisation. Operational tasks are to: recommend for approval an annual calendar of meetings…

3.2 Terms and conditions of employment

…of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2002 The place of work and the employer’s address – if the employee is required or allowed to work in more than one location these…

2.14 Public relations

…covered in the local newspaper to promote the work of the charity in the local community. Where residents are mentioned, consent must be obtained beforehand. Articles arising from such events…

2.11 Open days

Open days are an excellent way of giving the local public an insight into the work of the charity. Invited local dignitaries and local media can raise the profile of…

2.7 Clerks to trustees

…charity, the governing document, policies, personnel, trustees and current management procedures. Additional training in health and safety, fire safety, IT, internal financial controls and employment matters should be included if…

2.5 Trustees

…and training of trustees The charity has a duty to ensure that all new trustees are given a full induction into the work of the charity. This should include the…

2.4 Training needs

Trustees and employees should be trained for their respective roles and responsibilities. Trustees must ensure that up-to-date health and safety requirements, employment law, accounting best practice, charity legislation and guidelines…

1.10 Other Relevant Legislation

…bear in mind that an almshouse is a resident’s home and that they must not impose unreasonable restrictions. 1.10.4 Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HSW Act) Health and…

1.9 Record keeping

…practice it is sensible to keep copies of the certificate for future reference. The Public Record Office doessnot require the permanent retention of Health and Safety records. The purpose…

1.8 Financial management

…certain cases to make loans instead of grants. It expects that the loans will be repaid, potentially with some interest, enabling the charity to spread the work it doessamong…

1.6 Meetings and proceedings

…for, the decision and its consequences. A trustee who doessnot attend a properly constituted meeting is also bound by any decision taken at that meeting. Trustees can invite non-trustees,…

1.4 Governing documents

…The Charities Act 2011 (section 21) sets out the function of the Official Custodian. The OCC doessnot have any material effect on the duties or freedom of trustees to…

1.3 Types of Charity Structure

…significant number of staff or carry on any kind of business, or makes grants but doessnot do any other type of work, choose a trust deed as the governing…

1.1 The Charities Act 2011

…annual fee. This may apply only to larger charities. The Charity Commission has indicated that any fees charged will pay for advice, support and “enabling work”, rather than core regulation….


Support and Care


Foreword

…and benefits. The sections on health and health promotion describe how to make healthy ageing a reality, how to spot changes in ability or health, and who to consult for…

Chapter 10 – Care of the Dying

…with the primary health team may help to achieve this goal. Some people will continue to live for a long time after diagnosis. Treatments for illnesses such as cancer may…

Chapter 10 - Care of the Dying

…prefer to continue to live in their almshouse for as long as possible. Supportive care from specialist nurses, e.g. Macmillan nurses, in co-operation with the primary health team may help…

Chapter 9 – Prolonging Occupation and Moving On

…benefit of good health well into their latter years, sadly, many will live with increased frailty, reduced mobility and other problems associated with physical and mental ill-health. It is an…

Chapter 9 Prolonging Occupation and Moving On

…brought with it challenges for everyone involved in the commissioning or provision of services for older people. While some older people will enjoy the benefit of good health well into…

Chapter 8 – Benefits and Grants

…will be responsive as people on low incomes move in and out of work. They will get on-going support, giving people more incentive to work for any period of time…

Chapter 8 - Benefits and Grants

work, supporting a dynamic labour market Simplify the system, making it easier for people to understand and easier and cheaper for staff to administer Reduce in-work poverty Cut back on…

Chapter 7 – External Support

…kept informed about his or her health, particularly in the event of hospitalisation or sudden illness. It can be made clear that in the event of the resident’s health failing…

Chapter 7 - External Support

…his or her health, particularly in the event of hospitalisation or sudden illness. It can be made clear that in the event of the resident’s health failing in some way,…

Chapter 6 – Staff and Volunteers’ Matters

…if the training cannot be re-booked without charge. 6.6 Health and Safety Issues A complex area of employment regulation is that relating to health and safety. The degree to which…

Chapter 6 - Staff and Volunteers’ Matters

…the trustees to develop systems and processes to help staff create a safe and caring environment within the charity. 6.1 Staff Selection The appointment of staff may be delegated to…

Chapter 5 – Residents with a Disability

…different equipment is needed. Many primary health care trusts and health boards operate a voucher scheme for people who are assessed as needing a wheelchair. In most areas there are…

Chapter 5 - Residents with a Disability

health care trusts and health boards operate a voucher scheme for people who are assessed as needing a wheelchair. In most areas there are charities or organisations that will hire…

Chapter 4 – Health Care and Health Promotion

4.0 Health Care and Health Promotion 4.1 Rights of Residents The aim of this chapter is to provide trustees and scheme based staff with some background information which will enable…

Chapter 4 - Health Care and Health Promotion

…and details of local Age UK offices: www.ageuk.co.uk Health in Wales: www.wales.nhs.uk Information Commissioner’s Office: www.ico.gov.uk Macmillan Cancer Support: www.macmillan.org.uk National Health Service: www.nhs.uk National Institute for Health and Clinical…

Chapter 3 – Homes for Life

…This person might be a member of staff, a relative, friend, or a carer from an outside body such as social services. Anyone providing personal care whether it is an…

Chapter 3 - Homes for Life

…a member of staff, a relative, friend, or a carer from an outside body such as social services. Anyone providing personal care whether it is an organisation or an individual,…

Chapter 2 – Support provided by the Charity

…They must ensure that the accommodation has received any redecoration or other building work that is required prior to the new resident moving in and the accommodation is safe and…

Chapter 2 - Support Provided by the Charity

…and addressing rising expectations. One of the more challenging aspects of almshouse modernisation is that many almshouses occupy listed buildings which necessitate conservation and planning consent before work can be…

Chapter 1 - Introduction

…defined as the additional help provided by the charity outside social services provision to improve the quality of life for residents. The term ‘Care’ is used throughout to mean help…

Chapter 1 - Introduction

…is defined as the additional help provided by the charity outside social services provision to improve the quality of life for residents. The term ‘Care’ is used throughout to mean…

Appendix G - What to do After Death

…your doctor needs to complete a form as doessa second independent doctor. Both doctors must certify a cause of death and confirm that no further examination of the body…

Appendix F - Risk Assessement

…able to use stairs? Description of assistance, eg walking frame, assistance from partner             Hazards and potential hazards in the home and outside Actions to…

Appendix E - Discharge

…food to the home? Doessthe resident have a key? Who will settle in the returning resident (if not the scheme manager/warden)? Doessthe resident have a Care Plan in…

Appendix D - Admissions Letter

…His/her general health (use appropriate phrase, with added information as necessary) has been good has been fair apart from ………………. has been poor, owing to ……………. S/he has been (use…

Appendix C - Contract of Employment

…week/ month Payable monthly by bank transfer   Normal Working Hours   …….. hours per week ……..am to …….. pm   Place of Work   Any unit, owned, maintained or…

Appendix B - Contact Details

…Langley, Hertfordshire WD5 0GQ Tel: 01923 681800 www.demand.org.uk   Department of Health Publications Department of Health, Richmond House, 79 Whitehall, London SW1A 2NS Tel: 020 7210 4850 Textphone: 020 7210…

Appendix A - New Residents Checklist

…you________________________________ 2__ Explain the purpose of the warden or scheme manager______________________________ 3__ Explain how the warden doessthe job____________________________________________ 4__ Explain the role of relief warden/other staff_______________________________________ 5__ Demonstrate the…

10.7 Death of a Resident

…should hold information regarding appropriate local religious/spiritual services and funeral directors in case the next of kin doessnot have a favoured option or needs advice. 10.7.3 Personal Property Once…

10.6 Spiritual Care

…needs. Older people share the same basic spiritual needs as all human beings. These expressions of spiritual need have been summarised in the following ways: to receive and give love;…

10.5 Policy and Procedure in Care of the Dying

…terminally ill, a programme of palliative care will be implemented, managed by any care staff on site and by other health care professionals. Where appropriate, next of kin should be…