April 29, 2010 -- Able Newsflash No.217

Care News

The Royal College of Nursing has published an article because they believe that the public are unaware of the scale of cutbacks in the NHS that are deemed necessary to save up to �20 billion in the next three years. The RCN Chief Executive and General Secretary Dr Peter Carter says that he is deeply concerned that to meet efficiency savings more cuts will have to be made. Already vital specialist nurse posts, mandatory training and staffing levels have been reduced.

For further details visit: http://www.rcn.org.uk and go to News.


"Smart Living � The Way Forward for Disabled and Older People"

This is the title of a Conference being held on Tuesday 15th June 2010 at the BIS Conference Centre, Victoria St. London.

The conference will address issues surrounding the increasing number of older people in the coming decades and discuss policies to address this situation. Some of the topics which will be covered include the use of modern technology, buildings tailored to individual need and local transport. It is expected that the day will be of interest to engineers, architects, builders, communication experts, health care specialists, energy providers and organisations representing disabled and older people.

For details of the day telephone 07590 982732 or email: info@phoneability.org.uk

In-House News

Prospective clients have been visited in Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire.

MH training has taken place in Norwich and monitoring visits have taken place in Hertfordshire.

Client reviews and/or risk assessments have been carried out in the homes of our clients in Suffolk, Coventry Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Devon, Cornwall, Hampshire and Surrey.

New clients have commenced cover in:

Interesting Information / Statistics

Question of the Week
"I would like to pay to see a chiropodist, how will I know if they are properly qualified?"

Answer : There are several organisations that can give you details of Members of their organisation where you can be confident that you are getting a person with the appropriate qualifications.

Look for the chiropodist to be registered with the Health Professionals Council (HPC) and be an accredited Member of one of the following organisations:


Guide dog training began in Britain in 1931. The enthusiasm of an American lady who had started a guide dog movement in America and Switzerland, caught on after the makeshift training centre in Cheshire began to produce results that could revolutionise a blind person's life.


A report has been published by the charity Leonard Cheshire Disability which has found that 40% of disabled people claim to have experienced difficulties accessing goods and services in the last year. The issues included poor accessibility, lack of appropriate facilities in premises and difficulties when using public transport.

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.