August 12, 2010 -- Able Newsflash No.232

Care News

Alex Salmon has pledged that free personal care and free bus travel for Scottish pensioners will continue. In the national financial crisis, critics argue that keeping these benefits in place can only be achieved by large scale staff cuts in the Scottish public sector.

Currently free universal care for all Scottish pensioners costs about �350 million per year, free eye tests for all �67 million and free dental checks �199 million. In addition, prescription charges are due to be phased out completely by April 2011 at a cost to the taxpayer of �57 million.

Oakhouse Foods which deliver frozen meals throughout the country are now offering a grocery service. In conjunction with their frozen meals service they are now offering over 500 grocery items for home delivery. For further details visit:

Oakhouse Foods is a member of The National Association of Care Catering which is an organisation representing professionals catering within the care industry.

The organisation has aims and objectives which include;Promotion of the development of professional standards among those involved in catering for the care sector, andto publish guidelines, policy papers and authoritative statements on all aspects of catering for the care sector.

For further information visit their website at:

Many charity shops, are reporting a stock shortage as a result of a reduction in donations and in some of the donations not being of a quality suitable for resale.

When people are looking to cut back in harder financial times, many items which may have been donated to a charity shop in better times are increasingly being taken to sell at car boot sales or being sold on Ebay.

The charitable sector has also seen a reduction in financial giving. New research from Investec Bank reveals that donations to charities made by UK adults has fallen by 9.6% during the first six months of this year, when compared to the same period in 2009.

If the reduction in turnover continues it may result in some charity shops closing and services offered by charities reduced.

In-House News

Potential clients have been visited in Hampshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Derbyshire, Kent and Nottinghamshire.

Potential carer interview in Norwich and a MH Training session.

Client care reviews have taken place in Lancashire and Hampshire.

Two new client posts have commenced this week:

Interesting Information / Statistics

It is estimated that approx. 1 million people receive a form of care in their own home but the estimate of older people who have care needs is nearer to 2.5m.

Public funding to the private and voluntary sector for care provision is approx. �9.3bn with a further estimated �5.9bn spent by individuals on social care.
(Source: Nat. Pen. Convention)

2010 is the 100th anniversary of the death of Florence Nightingale.

Florence Nightingale became a living legend as the 'Lady with the Lamp'. She led the nurses caring for thousands of soldiers during the Crimean War and helped save the British army from medical disaster.

Her greatest achievement was to make nursing a respectable profession for women. Florence's writings on hospital planning and organization had a profound effect in England and across the world, publishing over 200 books, reports and pamphlets.Florence died at the age of 90, on 13th August 1910, she had become one of the most famous and influential women of the 19th century. Her writings continue to be a resource for nurses, health managers and planners to this day.
(Source: Florence Nightingale Museum)

Question of the Week
"I would like to get details of a charity that I understand provides jewellery that can identify a persons particular medical details in case of an emergency when for instance they are out and may have an accident or incident. Can you help?"

Answer : There is a charity called MedicAlert which can, via jewellery and watches, provide a life-saving identification system for individuals. For example you may purchase a bracelet which quite discreetly will give an individuals details such as name, address, doctor's details, current medication, allergies, etc. The number of MedicAlert is also there and a call to the charity, which operates 24 hours a day from London, provides the service worldwide.

Website is: MedicAlert can be contacted during office hours, Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm Freephone 0800 581420 within the UK, Fax: 020 7278 0647 Email: Postal address is: The MedicAlert Foundation, 1 Bridge Wharf, 156 Caledonian Road, London N1 9UU.

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.