May 26, 2011 -- Able Newsflash No.272

Care News

A new website has gone online which will be of interest to disabled motorists and their carers.

The website gives information about a wide range of factors connected with adapted vehicles and the vehicles, ranging from small cars to 4x4�s can be booked online. Car hire can range from a day, a month or longer.

The care home operator Southern Cross is up for sale. The company is still hoping to come to an agreement with it�s landlords as the preferred option. The company has 31,000 residents in its care homes.

Agency Workers Regulations
New guidance has been published re the rules which come in from 1st October 2011. Agency workers, after 12 weeks in the same job, will be entitled to the same basic employment and working conditions as if they had been directly recruited. For further information download the following pdf document:

In-House News

A prospective client has been visited in Essex.

Care Managers Sam and Claire attended a training course: 'Delivering Excellent Customer Service'

Client reviews have taken place in Birmingham.

New client posts have commenced in:

Interesting Information / Statistics

Bespoke France is a specialist holiday company offering tailor-made holidays to France for people with disabilities, reduced mobility, their family & friends.

They offer holidays, short breaks and fully accessible accommodation. Visits and activities can also be accessed. For further details call 01530 417052 or visit their website at

The Paralympics first started in 1948 when Ludwig Guttmann organized a sports competition which involved World War 2 veterans that had spinal injuries.

Afterwards a similar event was organized in Toronto, Canada where different disability groups were added and the idea of merging together and taking part in athletic sports was a success.

The number of athletes participating in Summer Paralympic Games have increased from 400 athletes from 23 countries in Rome in 1960 to 3806 athletes from 136 countries in Athens in 2004. Read more:

Question of the Week
"I want to buy a waterproof, duvet cover for a double bed. Is it possible to buy one that can be dried in a tumble drier?"

Answer : Age UK sell a premium Double Duvet Cover that is washable up to 95 degrees and can be tumble dried on a medium heat setting. It is also said to be rustle free and the four way stretch fabric minimises creasing and rucking. Visit to purchase. Current price is from �38.99 ex. vat. Product number is 128WPU.

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.