December 09, 2010 -- Able Newsflash No.249

Care News

Care Services Minister, Paul Burstow has announced that there will be up to �6m available over the next four years to help GP�s identify carers caring for a family member or friend.

It had already been announced that �400m would be available via the NHS to support carer�s breaks over the same period.

To get the complete picture re �social care funding and carers� you can print off the Fact Sheet from the DOH by going to http://www.dh.gov.uk and visiting the Fact Sheet section.


Nestor Healthcare Group has been acquired (subject to shareholder approval) by the Saga Group Ltd.


Many editions of local newspapers are recording marches and other protests with reference to council staff redundancies and cuts to services affecting disabled and elderly people. Newspapers have been reporting such events in London Boroughs, Dorset, Tyne and Wear, Lancashire, Norfolk, Gloucestershire, Nottinghamshire and Oxfordshire, to name just some.

In-House News

8 new carers have been placed on the Register this week.

A prospective client has been visited in Bedfordshire and a client care review has taken place in Norfolk.

A new post has commenced in Bedfordshire for an older lady with Arthritis. Care Manager is Jackie and the weekly wage is �582.00 inc.

The Able to Cook book sales are going well and we are still able to send out copies should anyone wish to give one as a gift for Christmas. Order via our website or send a cheque for �8.00 and the address to which you would like Able to Cook sent.

Interesting Information / Statistics

At World Stroke Day on 29th October it was announced that every 6 seconds someone dies of a stroke and that 1 in 6 people will have a stroke in their lifetime.

The World Stroke Organisation is launching a campaign called the �1 in 6� campaign to raise awareness, to show that strokes can be prevented and to have a combined approach to tackling the situation including the treatment of strokes and rehabilitation methods and services.

Last week, despite the dreadful weather, 3,200 donors braved the bitter elements to go to donor sessions run by the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service.

Question of the Week
"I have a disabled grandson and I would like to buy him an appropriate and safe toy for Christmas. Are there any specialist stores where I can look at some? I have access to the internet."

Answer : One of the internet sites you can view toys for children with a disability is http://www.abilitynet.org.uk. Details are given of the toy and for some there is a video clip that enables you to see exactly how it works/has been adapted.

Another site is http://www.special-needs-kids.co.uk


From the Direct Gov website at: http://www.direct.gov.ukElectricity top-up scam spreads nationwide:

Published:�Monday, 29 November 2010

If you're offered cut-price energy for a pre-payment meter, watch out - it's a scam. Only buy credit for your pre-pay electricity meter from official outlets such as the Post Office, PayPoint or Payzone, or you'll end up paying twice.

The fraud involves only electricity, not gas, pre-payment meters. It's believed that the criminals have cloned the keys for these meters, allowing them to top them up illegally.However, energy companies can identify homes using electricity but not paying for it, so make sure you only buy your electricity credit from official outlets such as the Post Office, PayPoint or Payzone.

The scam has now spread nationwide, with more than 114,000 customers so far affected.

The worst affected areas range from big cities like London, Birmingham and Manchester to areas such as Thurrock and Southend-on-Sea.

The electricity top-up scam is of particular concern as to get the fake top-ups people must let the criminals into their homes to access their electricity meters. There have also been reports of threatening behaviour.

Christine McGourty, Director of Energy UK, said: "The people selling these illegal top-ups are criminals and although it might seem like an easy way to save money, not only will you be letting a criminal into your home, you will end up having to pay twice.� The only people benefitting from this scam are the fraudsters and the only way to get the energy you pay for is to buy top-ups from official PayPoint and Payzone retailers or the Post Office."

If you're offered cut-price electricity top-ups, say no and report it to Action Fraud by following the link below or by calling 0300 123 2040.

You can also report a possible fraud to your energy company, Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Radio Wey is a Surrey Hospital radio Station broadcasting out of St Peters Hospital in Chertsey. However, via the Internet the shows are aimed at a UK caring audience.

If you are a client or carer of Able Community Care you can have a request played between Saturday evening 8.00pm to 10pm and the program is repeated on a Thursday between 3.00pm and 5.00pm.

Hear the music you like, make a dedication and listen to useful information at the same time.

Go to: http://www.radiowey.co.uk/#/progsat2010-by-the-wey/4544832539 to register your request and then just listen!

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.