March 20, 2008 -- Able Newsflash No.110

Care News

Wales has more older people on a pro rata basis than elsewhere in the UK, 22% of its population is over the age of 60. and the number is increasing. In April, a post, Commissioner for Older People will come into being and Ruth Marks will be in the role.

The role Ms Marks has taken on will include the brief that older people are to be included in decisions that affect them and their needs. To challenge age discrimination and to protect and support. For further details go to http://www.communitycare.co.uk, for the 13th March edition.


Dawn Primarolo, Minister for Public Health has announced that 60,000 new doctors will be specifically trained in the next ten years to identify and treat people who are drinking too much. (Source: DOH)


From April 1st the new National Concessionary Bus Pass Scheme will entitle pass holders to free local bus travel anywhere in England. To qualify you must be aged 60 years or qualify because of a disability as defined in The Transport Act 2000. You will be able to travel between the hours of 9.30am and 11.00pm throughout the country but local concessions may start earlier. At weekends and on bank holidays free travel is available all day. The Pass is issued free of charge and you apply to your local Council.

In-House News

Potential new clients have been visited this week in Wales, Dorset, Suffolk and Nottinghamshire.

Clients in Suffolk have been visited for risk assessments and care plan updates.

Care Manager Alan Wilson attended a Reminiscence Therapy course.

Two new posts have commenced:

Advertisements for carers have been placed in Devon, South Wales and Dumfries and Galloway.

A Personal Injury report has been commissioned from solicitors in Cambridgeshire.

Interesting Information

There are over 9 million deaf and hard of hearing people in the UK. (Source: RNID)


Between April 2006 and March 2007 27,998 falls were logged in Scottish hospitals which included 4 deaths. (Source: The Herald)

Question asked of Able Community Care in July 2007

"In order to keep myself as safe and independent as is possible in my own home I have been given and purchased several pieces of equipment and smaller domestic aids. Either I have been given professional advice or have taken advice from friends and family. However, no one I have spoken to has heard of a bedside mat that might save me from a broken bone should I fall out of bed or stumble when I get up in the morning, have you?"

Answer : One of our staff went to an exhibition of care products a few weeks ago and brought back information on FallSmart Bedside Mats which you may find of interest.

The company advertising material says that their mats can help to prevent injuries, when for example a person falls out of bed. The details given about the construction of the mat and the specifications are quite comprehensive and you can read these on their customer advertising leaflet which you can obtain from Win Health Ltd., Brockhirst, Oxnam Rd, Jedburgh. TD8 6QN. Tel 01835 864866 http://www.winhealth.co.uk

The price per mat is �150.00 plus vat.

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.