June 24, 2010 -- Able Newsflash No.225

Care News

The Vetting and Barring Scheme has been halted by The Home Secretary, Teresa May. The scheme is to be reviewed and brought back to "common sense" levels.

The Office for National Statistics figures show that in 1992 there were approx 4,000 alcohol related deaths in the UK but the number had risen to over 9000 by 2008.

The free swimming for adults over the age of 60 which was flagged up last week is no more. This facility has been scrapped as a result of the cost cutting measures announced.

In-House News

Potential clients have been visited in Norfolk and Devon.

MH training has taken place in the offices in Norwich.

Two client reviews have taken place.

Potential carer interview has taken place in Hampshire.

A new client has commenced care in Norfolk � an older lady requiring stroke aftercare. Care Manager is Katie Plane and the weekly salary is �620.30 plus travel.

Interesting Information / Statistics

Question of the Week
"Two questions in one. Where can I hire a disabled toilet that has a hoist and secondly, are there any toilets in the UK that the general public can use that do have a hoist facility?"

Answer : One of the places I would advise you to contact would be the organisation Changing Places. They have a website at: http://www.changing-places.org.

The Changing Places Consortium has launched a campaign on behalf of people who are unable to use standard accessible toilets because they need additional space, a height adjustable changing bench or a hoist facility.

The organisation has details of where in the UK such facilities are available and you can look them up on their website. They also can direct you to companies which hire out portable facilities with the aids and equipment as above.

The charitable sector is facing hard times as donations drop and they have to seek new sources of income to support their work. According to CAN Mezzanine, formerly the Community Action Network, over the past 18 months 50% of charities advised that they had experienced a cash flow shortage.

Ways in which charities hope to resolve their financial problems include opening up or increasing their trading activities, reducing staffing levels and some would consider collaborative working or a merger with other charitable organisations.

Sending a present to a person who is a diabetic can be made easier by visiting the website of Diabetic Hampers.co.uk (http://www.diabetichampers.co.uk) who have a variety of hamper gifts ranging from a Sweetie Hamper, an Afternoon Tea Hamper, A Lounge Lizard Hamper to a Pamper Hamper!

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.