February 25, 2010 -- Able Newsflash No.208

Care News

With the retirement of Leslie Rimmer OBE as Chief Executive of the UKHCA, the recruitment company Veredus have been asked to seek a replacement. The post is advertised by them online as:Location - Sutton, but with extensive UK travel. Salary: c. �80,000 + PRP + benefits.

Domiciliary care agencies change hands: Always There Homecare, based in Crewe and Four Seasons Homecare in Burnley have been acquired by Carewatch.

On Boxing Day, across Yorkshire and the Humber region, the NHS launched the Quit Kit that gives smokers the tools to stop smoking. The Kit contains audio downloads, a stress toy and an aid to show how much money is being saved by not smoking. So far in the region, approx, 38,000 smokers have requested a Kit, an average of 750 requests per day.

Quit Kits, which are available nationally, can be ordered from: http://www.nhs.uk/smokefree or by calling the NHS Smoking Helpline on 08000 665826

Latest data shows 85 percent of drinks not labeled properly. The drinks industry is failing to adhere to a voluntary agreement with Government on alcohol labels and just 15 percent of drinks give consumers enough information about units and health harms.
(Source: DOH)

In-House News

Three prospective new clients have been visited this week, one in Hampshire, one in Essex and the other in Norfolk.

Review visits have taken place in Norfolk.

A new post has commenced in Norfolk of an frail lady aged 89. Care Manager is Sarah on 01603 281915. Wage is �571.00 p.w. incl.

Another post has also commenced in Hampshire of a frail but independent lady aged 87. Care Manager is Sarah 01603 281915. Wage is �538.00 p.w. incl.

Interesting Information / Statistics

Question of the Week
"I have a disabled grandson and I wish to buy him a garden swing or something similar for outdoor play. Is it possible to buy outdoor play equipment especially for children who have a disability?"

Answer : There are several companies in the UK who sell garden play equipment for children with a disability and these can be found on the Internet. However, you may like to contact in the first instance the Disabled Living Foundation who have an excellent 16 page Factsheet, "Choosing children's play equipment" which includes a section for 'Children who need adapted outdoor playground equipment'. To contact the DLF: Tel. 020 7289 6111, write to 380-384 Harrow Road, London W9 2HU or visit their website at: http://www.dlf.org.uk

There are over 17,000 car dealers in the Motability Dealer Partnership and over 530,000 disabled people now have their motoring needs met through the scheme. From this year the number of models available to choose from numbers over 300.

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.