July 14, 2011 -- Able Newsflash No.279

Care News

Despite being accommodated on other airlines, EasyJet barred a wheelchair bound 12 year old from flying because of health and safety fears. EasyJet refunded the booked fare and he and his Mother have been able to rebook a flight to Cyprus with another carrier.

Grosvenor Care (Cheshire) which runs four homes in the Stockport area called the administrators in but has announced that a new operator has been found which will secure the futures of its 124 residents and 150 staff.

The company blamed an ambitious programme of building and refurbishment putting too much strain on the company�s cash flow for their downfall.
(Source: Manchester Evening News)

The government faces a legal challenge from charities over its plans to cut benefits for disabled people by more than �2bn.The Disability Alliance has warned the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) that it will take legal action to obtain a judicial review of ministers' plans to replace the Disability Living Allowance.

The alliance, a coalition of 270 disability charities, said ministers had not properly assessed the negative impact of the benefit cuts, adding that the reforms did not comply with the Equality Act.

It has issued a "letter of claim" to the DWP calling on it to demonstrate that it has fulfilled its legal obligations to properly analyse the impact of welfare reforms on disabled people. If the department does not comply, the letter also warns that ministers face legal action.
(Source: Guardian.co.uk)

In-House News

Prospective clients have been visited in Norfolk and Suffolk.

Two Care managers have attended a training course: 'Delivering Excellent Customer Service'.

Client care reviews have taken place in Birmingham and South Wales this week.

A new post has commenced in Yorkshire for an adult with LD, Care Manager is Alan, weekly wage is �587.00pw.

Sadly we lost a client this week for whom we had been providing a live in care package for since 2000. One of her rotational care workers had been providing her care since 2002.

Interesting Information / Statistics

Question of the Week
"We have been asked several times in the last couple of weeks for disabled holiday accommodation from both our online enquiry facility and by telephone. The last one of which was asking for disabled, self catering, accommodation in Norfolk."

Answer : There are several websites who cater for disabled people seeking holiday accommodation and one which is easy to use is the �liveability� website. It is not an exclusive holiday website as it offers information across other fields. However, with reference to holidays it advertises �The UK's largest supplier of accessible holiday properties�.

You can look at their website at http://www.livability.org.uk

In 1950 less than 1% of the world population was over 80 years of age. By 2050, the number aged 80 and over is expected to be nearly 10%.

The LifeBook is a free booklet available from AgeUK where details of personal important information can be recorded. Information about a person�s life, insurance, TV licence details, where you have put important documents, who to phone in an emergency, etc.

The LifeBook is intended to help you become more organised and to be an invaluable resource for use by a family member or friend if they need to find out information in an emergencyThe LifeBook has various sections, guidance as to how to record what is relevant and can be obtained by calling 0845 685 1061 and quote reference ALL 721.

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.

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