June 10, 2010 -- Able Newsflash No.223

Care News

The Common Induction Standards training for people entering social care have been revised. The standards have been refreshed to make them more appropriate in reflecting current policy and practice. The objective is to continue to work towards delivering increasing high standards of quality care and support. The link for further information is: http://westmidlands.skillsforcare.org.uk

Since 2008 patients in England have been able to choose treatment from any hospital in a national directory. A new report published by The Kings Fund suggests that the system is not operating as was intended and has not acted as a level to improve quality and increase competition.

The research found that:

For further information from The Kings Fund report visit: http://www.kingsfund.org.uk

In-House News

Potential clients have been visited in Norfolk and Bristol.

Potential carer interview has taken place in Sussex.

Advance orders for our charity cookery book "Able to Cook" are coming in. Publication date is 28th June. Inclusive of postage and packing, Able to Cook is priced at �8.00 delivered within the UK and �11.50 delivered abroad. Cheques should be made payable to "Able Community Care".

Interesting Information / Statistics

By 2025 an additional 1 million adult social care workers will be needed.
(Source: Skills for Care Conference 2010)

Every year 500,000 patients are re-admitted to hospital within 30 days.
(Source: The Telegraph)

Question of the Week
"My nephew is a teenager and severely disabled. I would like to purchase a computer for him as a present. However, I have been into several computer stores who are not qualified to discuss his requirements with me, and though they have been helpful, it is only general ideas they have given me, which I have not had much luck with. Do you know of anywhere I could contact for some help and guidance?"

Answer : The Aidis Trust has been in operation for 32 years giving computers, specialised equipment and adaptations to disabled people of all ages.

The organisation takes the view that disabled people cannot simply be given a computer even one with special adaptations but must have very specific equipment that is right for them as an individual. In addition they will need proper training and effective support.

To contact them write to Aidis Trust at 3 Gunthorpe Street, London E1 7RQ or telephone to 0207 426 2130 or email to:�info@aidis.org. The website is: http://www.aidis.org

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.