January 15, 2009 -- Able Newsflash No.151

Care News

A �3m contract to care for elderly and disabled people in Lancashire which was awarded to a not for profit care provider has been cancelled. Reason given by Blackburn and Darwen Social Services was that the service had not been up to the agreed standard. The provider concerned claims that the council refused to pay for the agreed amount of care.
(Further details: Lancashire Post, 6th January)


Over 69 per cent of GP surgeries in England are now offering patients extended opening hours. In total there are 8262 GP surgeries in England.


The NHS could be stopped from using more expensive telephone numbers such as 084 in England, under proposals set out in a public consultation launched last month.

Some people are currently having to pay more than the equivalent cost of a local rate telephone call when they telephone their GP or other NHS service if they have an 084 number. The 14-week consultation is seeking views from users of 084 numbers; those who provide services using 084 numbers; NHS organisations that do not use 084 numbers, the telecommunications industry, and other interested parties.

Health Minister Ben Bradshaw said: "We are concerned that some people are paying above the odds to contact the NHS. For people on low incomes who need to contact their local doctor or hospital regularly, those costs can soon mount up."

In-House News

Prospective clients have been visited in Devon, Nottinghamshire, Cambridgehsire, Norfolk, Jersey, Suffolk and Lancashire.

MH training for carers has taken place in Norwich and two "pop in" visits have been made.

Client care reviews have taken place in Norfolk, Hertfordshire and Jersey.

New posts have commenced in:

Graham Pierce has joined our office staff and will be looking after our outgoing post in the afternoons from Monday to Friday.

Interesting Information / Statistics

The average cost of a single room in a care home is now �24,700 per annum going up to an average cost of a single room in a nursing home of �35,000 annually.
(Source: Care Directions)

Question of the Week
"Where can I purchase socks that are suitable for a diabetic lady. The socks should not have toe seams and be available in a small size?"

Answer : I would suggest going to a company called Salts Healthcare. Their website is http://www.salts-direct.co.uk although there are other companies that do have similar products available on the internet.

Slightly different this week - Can anyone help?
We have been asked if we know where it is possible to find some slippers, Velcro fastening, for an elderly person who has toes of equal length. Slippers that taper at the toes into an oval shape can cause falls and corns. Basically looking for squared toe shapes footwear. Any ideas?


The Spinal Injury Association is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year and is celebrating the event with a number of events and activities. Go to their website for details.

The SIA have a number of fact sheets including ones on working. The Workwise fact sheets in 2009 will be focusing on working from home and they are looking for individuals with a spinal cord injury to share with them their own experience of working from home, the benefits, drawbacks and how to choose a career that lends itself to home working.

If you are interested in sharing your experiences then contact John Leonard on 0845 678 6633 ext 216 or email to j.leonard@spinal.co.uk

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.