September 02, 2010 -- Able Newsflash No.235

Care News

Portability with reference to CRB checks - Portability refers to the re-use of a�CRB�check, obtained for a position in one organisation and later used for another position in another organisation.

The CRB no longer facilitates portability, organisations that choose to accept a previously issued CRB check can now do so at their own risk.

When deciding to accept a previously issued CRB care should be taken with reference to the following factors:


Financial cutbacks are already causing problems for companies that are heavily dependent on the Public Sector. This also includes companies that provide both home care and residential care and are at the mercy of local authority tightened budgets.

Southern Cross Healthcare, the largest care home group in the UK which generates about 70% of its revenues from local government is already experiencing a reduction in admissions and expects this trend to continue.

In-House News

Potential client visits have taken place in Norfolk and Buckinghamshire.

Client reviews have been carried out in Suffolk, Kent, Somerset and Norfolk.

Two client re-assessments have taken place in South Wales and Cornwall.

Sales of Able to Cook continue to sell well with 10 new outlets added in the last fortnight.

Interesting Information / Statistics

Question of the Week
"I have poor mobility and can no longer go shopping as I used to do. This causes me problems when it comes to buying birthday and Christmas presents. I have been told recently that I can buy gift vouchers for many shops at the post office. However we do not have one in my village and I do not have the internet. What do you know about these gift vouchers and can I buy them by phone?"

Answer : The One4all gift voucher is available at every post office in amounts from �10.00 up to �100.00 and can be spent at over 17,000 outlets in the UK. These outlets include Samuels, Toys R Us, Debenhams, B&Q, Argos, House of Fraser, Boots, Currys, Comet, PC World to name but a few. They can be purchased by phone using a debit or credit card as well as online. The gift vouchers are valid for 18 months and come in a variety of designs to suit all occasions.


With reference to the wet room/walk in shower question last week. Several readers responded with differing ways of accessing and possibly receiving funding for such an installation.Thank you to those readers and my conclusion is that for reasons unknown, the council that I checked with does not appear to encourage current applications.

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.