December 02, 2010 -- Able Newsflash No.248

Care News

Each year as people turn their fires on to keep warm the number of people dying from carbon monoxide poisoning begins again. It is estimated that there are approx. 50 accidental deaths each year in England and Wales. This figure includes not only poisoning in a person�s home but also in holiday residences such as caravans.

Recognising carbon monoxide poisoning can be difficult as the gas is odourless and colourless.

The Health Protection Agency gives the following guidelines to help to recognise the problem. Symptoms which are common are:

If in a home of several people, the symptoms above are common, it should be investigated, don't assume it is just a 'bug'.

Look around at the appliances such as stoves, boilers and fires and if there is sooty staining call in a qualified, heating engineer.

Similarly, if there is smoke or excessive condensation accumulating in a room, the flue may be faulty. If the flame in a gas fire or pilot light is yellow or orange instead of blue there is a problem that needs to be looked at.

A comprehensive document from the Health Protection Agency can be download by going to

A new study has revealed the financial impact of having a stroke.

Scientists at King's College London questioned 799 patients to shed light on the challenges faced by stroke survivors.

Nearly a fifth of respondents said they had suffered a loss of income since their stroke, while 33 per cent said their outgoings had increased as a result of expenses such as extra domestic heating or having to make adaptations to their home.

More than half of patients who were employed at the time of their stroke said they had been forced to reduce their hours or give up work entirely.

The survey also revealed that almost half of respondents were not getting any support of help with their problems.
(Source: Health News)

In-House News

A prospective client has been visited in Bedfordshire.

Potential carers have been interviewed in South Wales, Cornwall and Norfolk.

Client monitoring visits have taken place in Norfolk, Client care reviews in Surrey, Norfolk and Hertfordshire.

A new post has commenced in Bedfordshire for a lady with MS. Care Manager is Jackie, weekly wage is �592.00 inc.

The snow has caused problems this week and some carers were asked to stay in post until the travelling situation improved.

Interesting Information / Statistics

Question of the Week
"An Aunt of mine, who lived several hundred miles away, has died and it has been left to me to empty her home of its contents. I feel a little worried about this as I do not know the area and I do not want to get �things wrong� as the proceeds from the contents are part of her estate. Is there a way to find out about who is a reputable firm to clear and purchase home goods?"

Answer : You may like to contact the UK House Clearance Association whose members are signed up to:

If there is a dispute between a customer and a member, there is a mediation service in place.

Contact details are as follows: UK House Clearance Association, Suite 11718, 2nd Floor, 145-157 St John Street, London. EC1V 4PY


A record high of 3,706 transplants were carried out in the UK last year.

�90 million worth of unused prescription medicines are stored in peoples� homes at any one time.

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.