February 05, 2009 -- Able Newsflash No.154

Care News

Elderly people and their families spent �6billion of their own savings on the state care system in 2008. The money, half of all the spending on care for the elderly is raised via the financial means test assessment or by �top up� fees.

Under the financial means test any person with savings or property worth more than �22,500 must pay for their own care. The report from the Commission for Social Care Inspection said that private spending on the care system now matches that of the Governments contribution.

Two new London Underground maps have been published to help disabled, pregnant and elderly passengers. A Tube Toilet map and a new Step-free Tube Guide.

The information contained in the maps includes information as to where you can change between lines without coming into contact with steps or escalators. (London Underground currently has 54 step free stations). It also gives information on accessible toilets for wheelchair users and whether they have baby changing facilities.

Other accessibility information products that TfL (Transport for London) produces includes:

Order by calling 020 7222 1234, or using the new online ordering form at: http://www.tfl.gov.uk/accessguides

In-House News

Prospective clients have been visited in Nottinghamshire, Essex, Derbyshire and South Wales.

Induction training and MH refresher training has taken place in the Norwich office.

Clients reviews have taken place in Bedfordshire, South Wales and Norfolk.

New posts have commenced in Norfolk:

Interesting Information / Statistics

Did you know? (Source: Mobility Roadshow website: http://www.mobilityroadshow.co.uk)

Question of the Week
"I read in the paper that an elderly, deaf gentleman died because he did not hear his smoke alarm go off. My Mother has poor hearing and I would like to know if you are aware of any smoke alarms or other equipment that are suitable for deaf people?"

Answer: There are smoke alarms that are suitable for people with hearing problems one of which works by flashing a warning and another type vibrates. For example, you can have a vibrating one, like a pad, under your pillow at night to alert you. In order to find out more about these alarms and to find out which one is most suitable for your Mother, give her local Fire and Rescue Service a call. In many areas they will arrange a visit and provide the alarms free of charge.

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.