September 01, 2011 -- Able Newsflash No.286

Care News

Leicestershire has 70,000 carers and a new countywide service has been set up to offer support to them. The new service �Support For Carers Leicestershire� is run by the voluntary sector organisation, Voluntary Action South Leicestershire.There is a telephone advice line 0845 689 9510 a website at and a printed information pack that can be obtained by requesting either by phone or via the website. A further service is a befriending phone service for carers who are unable to get out easily due to their caring role.

Proposed changes to CRB Disclosures
As a result of the Vetting & Barring Scheme Remodelling Review and the CRB Review report released on 11th February 2011, the Government will be introducing a number of clauses in the Protection of Freedoms Bill that will result in changes to the Disclosure service in 2013.

Assuming the bill becomes law (planned for early 2012) in its current form, the main changes will be:

In England a study commissioned by the DOH has found that medicines wasted in England account for �1 in every �25 spent. Total per year is �300m.

In Scotland there is no information held regarding how much prescribed medication is wasted each year.

In-House News

Prospective clients have been visited this week in Suffolk and Somerset.

Client monitoring visits have taken place in Norfolk.

A new post has commenced in Suffolk for an older man with a terminal illness. Care Manager is Jackie and weekly wage is �571.00inc.

A guest article has been added to our website �Cruising with a Disability�. The article is guested from Iglucruise:

Interesting Information / Statistics

Question of the Week
"My Mother has come to live with us and is registered as a disabled person. She spends much of her time in her wheelchair and so we decided to convert our garage into a bed sitting room and built an accessible wet room and toilet for her, built a wide doorway so she could access our part of the house and widened two doors in our home. Will the conversion of the garage mean we have to pay increased council rates?"

Answer : No, just the opposite. Where a property has been adapted or given additional features to meet the special needs of a resident disabled person, there is an entitlement to a 25% reduction in your rates.

The allowance is not means tested and you can apply on line by visiting and searching for Disabled Persons Allowance � Rates.

VitalLinks is an older persons befriending network supporting organisations that befriend throughout England and Wales. They would like to make sure that they have as many groups as possible in their network and would like to know of any near you that they are unaware of. If you know of such an organisation and would like to check if they are known to VitalLink please visit

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.

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