April 19, 2012 -- Able Newsflash No.318

Care News

Legislation to protect children from being the target of tobacco promotion and help people quit smoking came into effect on Friday 6th April. All large shops and supermarkets in England now need to cover up cigarettes and hide tobacco products from public view. Those responsible in shops not complying with the new legislation could be fined up to £5,000 or face imprisonment. More than 8 million people in England still smoke, with nearly two-thirds of current and ex-smokers saying that they started before they were 18.


The charity, the WRVS is restructuring its organisation and there is the possibility of 100 job losses. It is hoped the redundancies would be voluntary. The charity has approximately 1900 members of staff


The LDC (Learning Disability Coalition) has said that people with learning disabilities are becoming isolated because of cuts to support and day services in England.

On a survey sent to all the local authorities in England, (which provide care in total for approximately 69,000 people with learning disabilities) 46% responded. 77% of these said they were making cuts or savings and most expected to make further cuts regarding the services they offered.

The Coalition also asked individuals and the 312 people surveyed said they now got less or no support or paid more for the help they received.

Much of the care provided to people with learning difficulties is purchased from outside care organisations and of the 61 organisations surveyed, 72% said that funding for their services from LA’s had been cut. In some parts of the country this has led to care workers being told their salaries will be reduced.

In-House News

Our operating costs for the last twelve months have risen by 8%. The first increase for 2012/2013 from a Local Authority has been advised to us this week, the increase awarded is 1%.

Monitoring and pop in visits have taken place in Norfolk.

Some of the responses from our last customer survey letters can be found online at www.

Interesting Information / Statistics

A couple of weeks ago the Newsflash had an item on Blue Badge parking, the information for which came from a government web site. Several readers have responded by saying that in many areas, Lincolnshire for example, many disabled parking bays are not free to use and are owned by both council and private operators.

Another reader has mentioned that there is in fact a Blue Badge UK Road Atlas and information about it can be found at www.thepieguide.com and at www.direct.gov.uk/bluebadgemap

Thank you to those who responded, all comments are appreciated.


34% of the world’s cigarettes are smoked in China by 350 million Chinese smokers. In addition China produces 42% of the world’s cigarettes.


In Sweden there are only 4 cases of tuberculosis for every 100,000 people, making it the second healthiest country in the world.

Question of the Week
"My Mother is in her 80’s and insists in remaining as independent as is possible which includes ironing almost everything from handkerchiefs to her sheets.

Mum is arthritic, not too confident on her legs and seeing her do her ironing worries me. Have you any tips as to how I could make this domestic chore easier. (I have offered laundry services and a person to come in an do it, but both have been rejected!)?"

Answer : The Disabled Living Foundation offer the following advice which I hope is of help.

‘Opening and folding an ironing board is a task that many people find difficult. A wall mounted one may be easier to manage. These can be set to open out at a height convenient for the user, whether they are standing or seated and, with practice, can be managed one handed.

Another alternative is to use a kit which stores the ironing surface away in a kitchen drawer. If you only have a small amount of ironing to do, a compact table-top ironing board may offer a satisfactory alternative. This style is also useful if you are unable to stand to do your ironing. .

Steam irons require less effort to use than dry irons. Some are cordless and therefore lighter and easier to handle, but they must be returned to their power base to maintain the temperature of the soleplate. Make sure you can manage the controls and see them clearly. Also check that you can fill up the water reservoir with relative ease.’

I would ask at your Mother’s local health centre for an appointment with the Occupational Therapy Department, (if they do not have an in house one they will refer you on) and discuss the matter further with them. They should be aware of the above items and other equipment that may be on the market.

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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