November 06, 2008 -- Able Newsflash No.143

Care News

In 2002 HM Revenue and Customs it was believed were planning to introduce VAT on private hearing aid supply. Common sense prevailed and this did not happen.

In 2009 the Hearing Aid Council, a regulatory body, is to be abolished and it is understood, although unconfirmed, that HM R&C are again looking at re-introducing VAT on the full cost of hearing aids.
(Source: The Hearing Healthcare Practice)


Laing and Buisson have reported that in the last year, spending by individuals on private healthcare (non cosmetic) such as hips and knees fell by nearly �30m. The spend for 2007 was �345m. The last significant downturn in this spending was in the recession of the early 1990�s.


Carers UK surveyed people who receive direct payments from social services on a "Choice or Chore" direction. Some of the findings were as follows.

Positive responses re direct payments:

Negative responses re direct payments:(The survey was based on 639 carers in receipt of social services care.)

In-House News

Potential new clients have been visited in Shropshire and Suffolk.

Client reviews have taken place in Hertfordshire.

M H training has taken place in Rugby, Leicester and Mansfield.

A new post has commenced in Kent. A frail elderly gentleman in his middle eighties. Care Manager is Sarah on 01603 281915.

A cake Bring and Buy stall in the office raised nearly �80.00 for the Dare to Wear Pink Breast Charity Campaign...

From back left to right: Angela, Harry the dog, Jim, Jillian, Sarah, Judith, Frances, Jackie, Dawn. In the car: Katie (in the pink wig) and Myra.

Interesting Information

The Anthony Nolan Trust, which runs the Bone Marrow Register currently has details of 392,000 people on their Register. Worldwide there are 2.5 million people on similar registers. At any one time, there are approximately 16,000 patients throughout the world who are looking to find a suitable bone marrow donor.


In 2028 the number of people living in Greater London over the age of 65 years will have risen to one million. The number of people over the age of 85 years wil be approximately one hundred and forty thousand.

Question of the week (and one we are asked on a regular basis.)

"What is the website that I can google in order that I can see the inspection report of my local care agency (or it could be with reference to residential homes)?"

Answer : http://www.csci.org.uk

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.