November 17, 2011 -- Able Newsflash No.297

Care News

We have been a subscriber to the weekly magazine ‘Community Care’ for many years and regret its decision announced this week that it is to close the print version of the magazine. The latest edition published will be on 24th November.

Community Care however will remain as an online magazine offering social care news, practical guidance, resources, etc. very much as the magazine edition has been respected for.

The job site within the magazine has always been a large part of the printed edition and these will continue to be part of the new online version.

The Bladder and Bowel Foundation has published a new booklet ‘Facing up to Incontinence.’You can obtain a copy of the booklet by telephoning 01923 202523 or going to their web site

Example of the cuts: Doncaster MBC is asking its employees to either take a pay cut of 4% or losing their job.
(Source Unison)

In-House News

Donations of £750 each have been sent to Age UK Norfolk and Connects and Co as a result of the sale of our Able to Cook book. (A few are left if you wish to purchase a unique Christmas present).

Prospective clients have been visited in Essex, Bedfordshire and Oxfordshire.

Client reviews have taken place in Bedfordshire and Norfolk.

Spot check carried out in Norfolk.

Carer appraisal has taken place in a London Borough. is the website of Angela Gifford International. Latest blog is with reference to China.

Interesting Information / Statistics

The average annual cost of residential care for a single person is £25,953. The average annual income of people over the age of 55 is £14,587. The average annual shortfall between income and the cost of care is £11,366.
(Source Aviva Real Retirement Report 6).

China in 2000 had 88,110,000 people over the age of 65. This represented 7% of the population.

Question of the Week
"My neighbour is moving into a care home and wants to take some of her smaller, valuable antiques for her room. Does she need to take out insurance cover for these items or will they be covered under the care home insurance?"

Answer : Some care homes may have insurance which covers a person's personal items under limited terms, but this is not likely to include a residents antique items. Assuming that whilst in their home the antiques were insured I would suggest that the same insurance company is contacted about the change of circumstances in the first instance. For anyone entering a care home apart from obvious valuable items such as jewellery, it is worth remembering that lost items such as dentures and glasses can be expensive to replace and if the care home does not include the loss of such items in their insurance, then it may be worth having these items insured.

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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