June 19, 2008 -- Able Newsflash No.123

Care News

After discussion in Brussels last week the UK�s opt-out on the 48 hour working week is to remain in force. It will, as it has been in the past, be reviewed again in the future.

The Cabinet Office has published guidance to help organisations that use volunteers. There has been misunderstanding as to which volunteers do need to have a CRB check, about why they require one and the result has been that the grey area of CRB checks have put some people off volunteering. This new guidance is meant to help. Further information can be obtained from http://www.crb.gov.uk

UCAS, the university admissions service advises that 19 of the 33 physiotherapist training universities still have vacancies for courses to start in September this year.

The following councils have narrowed their eligibility criteria for social care meaning that people with lesser needs will no longer receive assistance with their social care. The councils are:Two councils, Nottinghamshire and North Yorkshire have widened their criteria.

Only four councils provide care for people with the lowest level of need: Calderdale, Darlington, Isles of Scilly and Sunderland.

Allied Healthcare International has won a contract to provide up to 3,500 hours of home-based care services a week to Surrey County Council.
(Source: Forbes.com)

In-House News

A potential new client has been visited in Norfolk.

Reviews and risk assessments have taken place in Suffolk, Norfolk, Coventry and London.

Manual Handling Training Session has taken place in Norfolk.

New clients have commenced in:

Potential carers have been interviewed in Norwich.

New in this week: A Go-Go Elite Traveller mobility scooter. Originally purchased in March 2007, little used. Price �500.00 ono. For further details visit our Second Hand Store:

Interesting Information

Scotland has one of the highest rates of stroke in the world. Approximately 14,000 have a stroke in Scotland each year.

Bed numbers in Scottish hospitals have fallen by over 10,000 in the last decade. (Source: ISD Library)

Question asked of Able Community Care in June 2008:
"My Father has a slight urinary, incontinence problem but would like to go swimming. Do you know of any swimming trunks or pants that will allow him to go swimming yet maintain the required hygiene levels?"

Answer : You could visit the website of http://www.ostomartstore.co.uk who manufactures a range of washable, continence swimwear for people of all ages. They offer a range of designs and colours and if you do not have access to the internet you can call them on 0845 601 8341

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.