March 10, 2011 -- Able Newsflash No.261

Care News

Carers UK have launched a major new research survey to assess carer�s health, wellbeing and finances. In addition they want to know the support they receive from health and care services and employers.

To date they have received 3,400 responses but would like to exceed 5,000 responses.

The closing date is March 18th and Carers UK are asking if anyone knows of carers who have not responded please ask them to go to: and give their information.

Childhood rickets - the "bandy-leg" disease that was eradicated last century - is making a comeback in Scotland's cities, experts warned yesterday. Computer-game obsessed children and cautious parents are contributing to a sharp increase in the cases of the illness.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde have seen 46 cases of rickets in under-16s in 2009, up from just nine cases in 2006.
(Source: The Scotsman)

Care homes are to be invited to apply for a new excellence rating to allow residents to identify which are the best performers.

The Care Quality Commission scheme aims to reward homes which provide a gold standard of care beyond the norm.
(Source: BBC)

In-House News

Prospective clients have been visited in Middlesex, the West Midlands and in Norfolk.

Client review visits have taken place in Norfolk and Suffolk. One potential carer has been interviewed.

New posts have commenced in:

Interesting Information / Statistics

In 2009-10 there were 16,710 volunteers in libraries in England and they contributed 528,718 volunteer hours.

The RNIB says more than 95 per cent of books that are published never become available in large print, audio or Braille.

Question of the Week
"I have a young friend who has lost her sight and reads Braille. I would like to learn Braille, are there any courses available?"

Answer : If you contact the RNIB they can tell you about Fingerprint which is a course designed to teach people to touch-read and write Braille from scratch. You can learn it via a self teaching course or if it is available in your area there may be a course.

To find out more contact: Royal National Institute of Blind People, 105 Judd Street London. WC1H 9NE Tel: 020 7388 1266 You can also visit the RNIB website at for additional information.

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.