October 27, 2011 -- Able Newsflash No.294

Care News

The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal 2011 has been launched. In 2010 the target of �36m was reached and this year they hope to raise �40m.

A single release, "I've gotta Get a Message to You" is available from this week. The song is performed by The Soldiers with Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees.

The single can be purchased from Amazon, HMV and other outlets.The Soldiers' royalties will go to The Royal British Legion's annual fundraising drive. It is the first time serving soldiers have released the Official Single for the Poppy Appeal, which will focus this year on the Legion's assistance in the recovery of injured Armed Forces personnel.

The number of NHS patients referred to private hospitals this year was just 1%, according to Department of Health figures

Three companies who are involved in the provision of wills and trust writing services face closure following an investigation by The Insolvency Service. The companies are: Minster Legal Services (UK) Ltd, legal Assistance Ltd, both based in Gainsborough and Legal Assistance 4U Ltd, Nottinghamshire.

In various areas of the country, advertisements are beginning to appear with reference to late night Christmas shopping events for elderly and disabled people. Keep an eye out in your local paper and free sheets for dates and stores in your area.

In-House News

Moving and Handling and Medication training has been carried out in the office.

Monitoring/review visits have taken place in Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Somerset.

A pop in visit/review has taken place in Norfolk.

A new post has commenced in Sussex for an elderly lady requiring support. Care manager is Colin, weekly wage is �586.00 inc.

Rachael Skipp is a new staff member in our Accounts Department, replacing Granville Routledge who leaves in early November.

Sadly two clients died this week. One we had provided continuous cover for since 2003 and a second lady since 2006.

An invitation has been issued and accepted to present at an aged care conference in Sydney, New South Wales in 2012.

Interesting Information / Statistics

60% of disabled people have no car available to the household compared with 27% of the overall population. The number of Blue Badges on issue in England is estimated to be 2.46million.
(Source: http://www.papworth.org.uk)

Question of the Week
"My sister has just been diagnosed with Diabetes. As a person who loves her food this has come as a bit of a blow. Do you know of any cookery books that cater especially for diabetics?"

Answer : Diabetes UK has over 250 recipes which can be downloaded from their website but there is also a cookery book from Anthony Worral Thompson which is also for diabetics. The title is Essential Diabetes Cookbook (Antony Worrall Thompson with Louise Blair BSc)

The book description is: "200 delicious recipes that allow you to manage your diabetes without compromising on taste. Includes; breakfasts, snacks and starters, salads, pasta, main meals, vegetarian dishes, desserts and drinks that can be eaten by the whole family."

It can be bought online from Diabetes UK and is priced at �18.99 Web site: http://www.diabetes.org.uk

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

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

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