November 03, 2011 -- Able Newsflash No.295

Care News

The Government cuts are having a significant effect on the care that councils provide to older people.

The amount spent in the year 2009-2010 show that councils spent �7.6bn on social care for the over 65�s. This year the figure has reduced to �6.3bn, a 17% cut.

Paul Burstow, the care services minister advises that there is no excuse for cutting social care and that if local councils are cutting frontline services then local people should question why.

The number of people diagnosed with diabetes has risen by nearly 130,000 in the past year to 2.9 million. There are now 50% more Britons with diabetes than when GP data on the disease was first published in 2005. The rise is mainly due to a surge in type-2 diabetes, which accounts for 90% of all cases and is most common in people who are overweight.
(Source: Diabetes UK)

Research by Oxford University academics claims Britain spends more on dementia than any of the 15 pre expansion EU countries except for Germany, which has a much higher population. The research, published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, also states that the cost of health and social care alone for each patient in Britain is �13,000 per year. The figure doesn't include the factor of informal care by families and friends, such as help with household tasks, shopping, transport and supervision which Oxford University claim accounts for �21bn each year.
(Source: Guide 2 Care)

In-House News

A prospective client was visited in Bedfordshire this week and a client review took place in Devon.

The numbers for our presentation in St. Helier, Jersey on 17th November continue to increase. Entrance is by invitation only, so if you would like to book a place, please call David Gifford on 01603 764567 or Mandy Gulatar on 01752 823133

Last week 11 new subscribers joined up to receive the Newsflash each week.

As Able Community Care becomes more involved in international care we have launched a new website to reflect this. The website is at:

Interesting Information / Statistics

There are currently 1.2m disabled people in the UK who are available for and want work

Average cost of care home fees are �26,104 per year. Nursing home average cost is �36,296 per year.
(Source: Which)

Question of the Week
"I am a private patient for medical care. I am unhappy about the treatment I am receiving from my private dental practice. I have made mention of my complaint but I am not happy about their response. I would like to take this further, do I contact my PCT?"

Answer : If you are a private patient you should voice your concerns to the Dental Complaints Service whose telephone number is 0845 6120540 and you may like to visit their web site at

Depending on the nature of your complaint you may be referred on to the General Dental Council if your complaint is about a dentists professional conduct.

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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