September 29, 2011 -- Able Newsflash No.290

Care News

From 1st November older people will not be able to benefit from the 50% discount which has been in place re coach travel.

Coach operators, who have been able to claim subsidies for offering the concession, will no longer be able to do so.

The cuts are part of the spending review and charities are asking the Government to reverse its decision, but to date this has not happened.

Cutting the concession may also have an effect on non pensioners as it could lead to a reduction in coach services because they will no longer be viable for the operator to run. Similarly, it is likely to cause an increase in fares.


The colder weather is coming and older people and people with poor mobility need to keep warm. However, what are the recommended guidelines to keep warm at home during a 24 hour period?

The advice from the website www.Direct.gov.uk is as follows:

To keep warm at home during the day try to:

In very cold weather, set the heating to come on earlier, rather than turn the thermostat up. This means you won�t be cold while you wait for your home to heat up.

To keep safe and warm at home during the night you should:

In-House News

Prospective clients have been visited this week in Norfolk, Manchester and Gloucestershire.

Client monitoring visits have taken place in Stockport.

Carer interviews have taken place in Yorkshire and Norfolk.

A member of staff has been on a Risk Assessment course.

Sadly two clients have died this week, one for whom we had been providing care for three years and one for whom we have provided cared for two years.

Interesting Information / Statistics

Majority (83%) of disabled people acquire their disability during their working lives.


There are over 10 million disabled people in Britain, of whom 5 million are over state pension age.

Question of the Week
"My elderly Dad lives on his own and spends much of the time by himself. He is a little confused at times and when we go round he often talks about when I and my brother were young and how we all used to watch cowboy programs on tv and how good they were! Is it possible to buy any UK dvd�s of cowboy films from around the 50�s? I did buy one online from the USA but it would not work in his player.

Answer : Amazon will give you the choice of several cowboy programs from in the 50�s. For example there is a boxed set of The Virginian, Rawhide, Wagon Train and The Lone Ranger. Take a look at www.Amazon.co.uk for further details.

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.