October 06, 2011 -- Able Newsflash No.291

Care News

Last year National Express had 3 million passengers who were either elderly or disabled and used their entitlement to half price concessionary fares. The fares were subsidized by the Government. From this week this entitlement no longer exists.

The iPad may help in the identification of Alzheimers Disease for some patients. GPs will now be able to use a 10 minute iPad test for memory acumen using a picture-based test.

The Care Show, London is being held at Olympia next week, 11th and 12th of October.

In-House News

A prospective client has been visited in Norfolk.

MH Training has taken place in Norfolk.

A client team meeting has taken place in London and client monitoring visits have been carried out in Herts and Norfolk.

A client review was attended in Hampshire.

Sadly one of our older gentleman clients died this week. Continuous live-in care had been provided for him since March 2009.

The presentation given by me at The National Disability Summit in Melbourne last month can now be read on the News Page of http://www.Aegisconsulting.com.au

Planning continuous cover for all our clients over Christmas and the New Year has commenced this week. This early start is necessary in order that we can, as we have in other years, maintain a 100% record for all of our clients requiring cover over this festive period.

If any of our carers are great fans of Elvis Presley, please could you let us know � "thank you very much".

Interesting Information / Statistics

There are at least 3.5m missed dental appointments in England in a year.
(Source: British Dental Association)

Question of the Week
"My Mother receives a great deal of junk mail which she reads. Many of the catalogues sell amongst other household/miscellaneous items, equipment for people who are elderly or disabled. My Mother as a result of these catalogues has bought many bits and pieces that are of no use to her at all. Is there an organisation that we can contact to check out these pieces of equipment before the cheque is sent off?"

Answer : Many councils have approved sellers of disability equipment on their list of Trusted Traders and these usually are companies which have a shop or building which you can visit, try out the equipment, talk to knowledgeable people, ask questions, etc.

There are also websites such as http://www.ricability.org.uk and http://www.dialuk.info which give guidance, advice, the results of surveys on varying equipment, give consumers reports, etc.

Just downloading the pages of information from each site and reading them, will probably encourage a person to think twice before making a purchase from a random commercial mailing. In addition, both sites give the opportunity for a person to contact them for further help and information.

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Director
Able Community Care Ltd.