April 26, 2012 -- Able Newsflash No.319

Care News

Textile bank sites are where people donate the clothes they do not want. These are then sorted and sold in charity shops or sold for recycling, all the money raised goes to charity. However, many Councils are now looking at giving the collection contracts to private companies who would then give Councils a cut or fee from the proceeds.

In London alone, the charity Scope raises over £1.5m from its textile banks all of which goes into helping disabled people. To date Hertfordshire and Northumberland have sold their sites to private companies.

To raise awareness the Charity Retail Association (CRA) has launched a campaign to make councils think twice, which has now got the backing of the Sunday Mirror. In addition to the huge loss of revenue to many charities the CRA estimates that over 400 jobs and nearly 6,000 volunteering roles could also be lost if these proposals go ahead.

Huge Elderly Care Study Delivers Mixed Messages

A study into the health and social care of the elderly has reached some confusing conclusions – when it found that those who stayed in care homes were much less likely to visit hospitals than those who lived in their own homes, it wasn't sure whether this was because the care homes catered for residents' needs and so hospitalisation was not required as often or because they were being denied access to essential care.

The Nuffield Trust looked at the records of more than 133,055 people aged 75 and over and found that local authority funded care home residents had fewer hospital admissions than those receiving high intensity social care support in their own homes.(Source:www.publicservice.co.uk)

Incapacity Benefits Reassessments: first official figures published

More than one third of people going through incapacity benefits reassessment have been found to be fit for work, according to the first set of official statistics released on 15 March 2012.Figures for the first 141,100 incapacity benefits claimants to start the reassessment process show 37 per cent of those whose claims have been concluded have been found fit for work.

The remaining 63 per cent of claimants were entitled to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA):

In-House News

A client review has taken place in Devon.Potential carers have been interviewed in Hampshire, Norfolk and Devon.

Prospective clients have been visited in Jersey.

In February 2009 Jenny became our client. In just over three years she had two main, regular live-in carers. Jenny died at home last week age 104 years.

Interesting Information / Statistics

Almost two million people are living with sight loss in the UK. Listening to a Talking Book is one of the things that people can enjoy without having to rely on anyone else. There is a choice from 19,000 high quality books, which can be delivered direct to your door. You can borrow up to six books at a time and almost 39,000 people enjoy receiving them. It costs RNIB £4 million a year to run the Talking Book service and it is possible to buy a subscription as a gift.
For further details visit: www.rnib.org.uk


The average person drinks about 16,000 gallons (60,600 liters) of water during a lifetime.

Research suggests that 8-10 glasses of water a day eases back and joint pain for 80% of sufferers.

Research shows that 70% of pre-school children drink no water at all during the day.

Elderly dehydration is one of the most common reasons for hospitalization among people over 65.

Question of the Week
"What is the difference between analogue hearing aids and digital hearing aids and where can I get some information with reference to what the NHS can provide and also some advice should I decide to purchase an aid?"

Answer : Analogue hearing aids amplify electronic signals whilst digital hearing aids use a tiny computer to process sound and they are designed to reduce background noise and can be programmed to suit different living conditions.

The NHS has high-quality digital hearing aids up to the top of the mid-range. For most situations, they perform very well and the waiting time to get one is short. It takes only two to five weeks from having your hearing test to getting your NHS hearing aid fitted.

For guidance on aids that can be purchased privately visit the Action on Hearing Loss (formally the RNID) and download their Fact Sheet with reference to private purchase www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk

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