March 05, 2009 -- Able Newsflash No.158

Care News

"Living made easy" is a website launched by The Disabled Living Foundation which gives impartial advice and information about daily living equipment and other aspects of independent living. It has been developed by the charity which has nearly 40 years' experience in providing independent advice about products for disabled adults, children, older people, their carers and families.

This website aims to provide comprehensive and independent information about daily living equipment available to the public from national suppliers. The product information is supported by expert advice created by a team of occupational therapists. Website is:

The Disabled Living Foundation also provides, free of charge, fact sheets to assist people. Late last year they updated their clothing fact sheets and the following new ones can be obtained from either their website at: or by phoning 0845 1309177

The clothing items covered for older and people with a disability are:

The registration of domiciliary care workers which was due to be introduced almost two years ago is still being considered for implementation. As yet there is no new date. The Dept. of Health and the General Social Care Council are still developing the model.

In-House News

This week we were invited to write an article for the MS Society Newsletter in Buckinghamshire. This is not an unusual invitation as we freely write a few column inches for local community publications, church magazines, disability organisations, etc.

A potential client was visited in Lincolnshire.

Manual Handling Training has taken place in the Norwich office.

Client care reviews have taken place in Essex and in South East London.

Potential carers have been interviewed in Norwich, Devon and Durham.

A new client care package has commenced in Norfolk. An elderly lady in her 80�s requiring stroke aftercare. Salary �576.00pw inc. Care Manager is Sam on 01603 281918

Interesting Information / Statistics

Question of the Week
"My Father enjoys Scrabble but his sight is getting worse and he has difficulty playing. Is it possible to get a Scrabble that is large print?"

Answer : Designed in association with the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) a large print Scrabble Board Game is available. We tracked a source down at Hastings Hobbies who are selling it for �28.55 plus P&P. For further details give them a call on 01424 200021 or visit their website at

Loving Hands is a charity which has members throughout the UK who knit, crochet and sew for several charities. The website which is at has patterns which you can download for items such as teddy bears, cardigans, hats, bootees, gowns, body warmers and sleeping bags.

Loving Hands would also welcome donations of wool, fabric, needles etc., so if you or someone you know can help or would like to knot, crochet or sew for charities please make contact

Second Hand Shop
For Sale � Battery Operated Motorised Bath Lift. New in 2008 and used once. Price last November �1,400. Price for sale �499.00. Please ring 01603 281921 or visit /second-hand-store.html for further details.

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.