This year, 2010, Able Community Care celebrates its 30th year of providing long term and respite live-in care services. Throughout this time we have enabled thousands of people of all ages with a wide variety of problems to remain living in their own home and community. We are very proud of this achievement and it is our sincere intention to continue to provide the opportunity for many thousands of more people to exercise their choice of living at home if they so wish.
48,000 people currently in residential care were forced to sell their homes to pay for the cost, figures uncovered by the Liberal Democrats have revealed.
The figures also show that:
Three potential clients have been visited in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex.
The winter weather is unpleasant for us all at times but for people who have a disability, the cold weather and icy streets can become unsafe areas.
People who are wheelchair dependent, people who mobilise with a scooter, people with sticks or people with just poor mobility need to stay away from the icy pavements and even their own garden paths or flat walk ways. Venturing out can easily mean a fall and perhaps a broken limb, so in the cold weather it is wise to stay at home.
Therefore, if you live near an elderly or disabled person, keep an eye out to make sure that they have taken their milk in, the free papers are not sticking out of the letterbox and that their curtains are open and shut in the evening and that lights are on after dusk.
Staying at home to keep safe presents a problem however. The problem then is how does a person obtain the basic food products they need, the milk, bread, vegetables, meat, etc? Many small shops and supermarkets now deliver but many people live in areas where this does not happen or paying �5.00 for a few food products is seen as a lot of money. Why not call round or ring them and offer to get them some shopping in, post any letters or offer to take a hot meal round?
Many people may have a pet that needs a walk, a prescription that needs to be collected, help there if you can.
If you do visit, make sure their home is warm enough and that the person seems well in themselves. If you are unable to get any response, then telephone the local Police and express your anxiety about the situation.
We hope you have enjoyed reading this and "see you next week".
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.