December 10, 2009 -- Able Newsflash No.198

Care News

Headways campaign to make it compulsory for children to wear helmets whilst cycling has been backed by the association of Paediatric Emergency Medicine who are also calling for a compulsory law.

Recently the figures released have shown an increase in the number of cyclists killed or seriously injured on the roads. Between April and June this year the number of cycle and serious injury deaths totalled 820 a rise of 19% on the same period in 2008.

Baroness Young, Head of the Quality Care Council will step down from her post in February, her replacement will be advised at a later date. Meanwhile Dame Jo Williams, former CE of Mencap will take charge.

The QCC has recently come in for much criticism from across both health and the social care sector and the re-organised CSCI does seem to have its problems. For example, Able Community Care's Inspection Team for many years was based in Norwich and we were able to contact them or other office staff at any time. Then we were advised that our contact point would be Cambridgeshire, then it would be in Newcastle. Recently on contacting Newcastle we were re-routed to Nottinghamshire which is where we actually find our Inspector is home based from.

This year has been a good year for the recruitment of live-in care staff and currently we still have people who are available for care cover over the festive period. Telephone 01603 764567 for further information.

In-House News

Prospective clients have been visited in Bedfordshire and Suffolk.

2 "in house" sessions of MH training have taken place.

A team meeting and a client care review have taken place in Kent.

A new post has commenced in Somerset for an elderly gentleman in frail health. Care Manager is Sarah on 01603 281915. Wage is � inc.

Interesting Information / Statistics

There are over 500 local and independent talking newspapers across the United Kingdom - mainly run by volunteers.

If you or someone you live with is registered blind or severely sight impaired, you can get 50 per cent off the cost of your TV licence. This means a colour TV licence will cost �71.25, and a black and white TV licence will cost �24.00.

Question of the Week
"During her younger years my Mother used to make rag rugs. Her memory is now poor but she remembers making them and I would like to encourage her to try and make one again. Do you know if it is possible to buy a kit or the equipment needed?"

Answer : You can buy a kit from a company in Manchester�called Fred Aldous Ltd, 37 Lever Street, Manchester M1 1LW UK. Tel: 01612364224.

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.