July 29, 2010 -- Able Newsflash No.230

Care News

Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley has advised the House of Commons that one in five of people age 65 today will need care costing more than �50,000, which could force many to sell the family homes. The answer would be to develop a funding system for adult care and support that offers choice, is fair, provides value for money and is sustainable for the public finances in the long term. The Commission on the Funding of Care and Support have the terms of reference that they will consider a range of funding ideas, including both voluntary insurance and partnership schemes.

Part of the role of the Commission would also be to consider how an individual's assets can be protected against the cost of care.


�1 in every �3.00 of charity funding comes from state sources. It is estimated that this amounts to �13bn per annum.

Many charities throughout the country are bracing themselves for the grant cuts that will be made in the current economic crisis.

In papers throughout the UK in the last week examples have been given of services provided by the voluntary sectors that may be reduced, severely reduced or lost altogether. These include:


Care Home Handbook available free: Counsel and Care has published a Care Home Handbook, available free for older people, their families and carers. Supported by the Department of Health, this 56-page handbook provides vital information for anyone who may be considering care in a care home. To get a copy call: 0845 300 7585 (Local Call Rate)

In-House News

Prospective clients have been visited in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Oxfordshire.

Potential carer interviews have been held in Norfolk and Hampshire.

A client care review has taken place in Coventry.

Two new posts have commenced this week:

Able to Cook, the cookery book which Able Community Care has published with the profits going to Age UK and Connects & Co., is selling well. The book makes a great gift and can be purchased from us for �8.00 inc. of p&p. Start your Christmas shopping now! Visit: /abletocook.html

Interesting Information / Statistics

The Ceiling Hoist Users Club at: http://www.chuc.org.uk promotes the interests of people who need to use hoists and in particular people who use ceiling track hoists. One of the services they offer is a list of hotels that have accommodation with a ceiling track hoist and they have information that is also relevant to accommodation and facilities that are overseas.

Question of the Week
"I have a friend who is wheelchair dependent but likes to keep as independent as is possible. One of the problems she has is with her underwear in that she finds it difficult to get into and out of her knickers. A side fastening item of such clothing would be a great help to her. Do you know if such a garment is available?"

Answer : There may be several other companies which make similar garments but one I have come across is Discretely Different. This company sells side opening briefs. Both side seams are sewn with a soft popper tape. The cost per pair is �8.99 to �9.99 dependent on the size. Sizes range from size 8 to size 28.

For further details telephone 0116 2386338 or by post to Discretely Different, 21 Ferndale Drive, Ratby, Leicester, LE6 0LH Website: http://www.underwearfordisabled.co.uk


Passengers who require special assistance at Gatwick Airport should provide such information either to their airline or travel agent at least 48 hours before they fly. Currently only 30% of passengers who require specific help book the help they need in advance.

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.