May 10, 2012 -- Able Newsflash No.321

Care News

Under the current NHS Continuing Care legislation it is possible to claim retrospectively for Continuing Care funding. However, the NHS has now issued cut off dates which are as follows:These deadlines are for cases during the period 1 April 2004 to 31 March 2012.If you think you or someone you know might be eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare, but where there are un-assessed periods of care, get in touch with your local Primary Care Trust. The time periods and the deadlines for getting in touch with your Primary Care Trust are as follows:

Some cases may be accepted after the dates outlined above, if there are exceptional circumstances for doing do.

Charity Shop: The British Heart Foundation charity shops made a record profit of more than £31m in the financial year ending in 2012. There are over 700 BHF charity shops in the UK.

Figures of the increasing number of older people who need care are again in the spotlight and the facts are undeniable. However, for all the column inches in newspapers and the hours spent discussing it on television, there will be no improvement until such time as an affordable solution is found. This may be solved by a huge increase in public funding (all or part of which will have to be funded by financial contributions from the working population). It may be that our culture has to change dramatically in that we have to view buying care much as we purchase other commodities, it may be that we have to stimulate the volunteer sector by freeing them from some of the negative responsibilities which has been placed on them over the last decade.

One level of care, low level preventative care, such as the old ‘Home Helps’ used to provide up to the 1990’s was sensible care. Home Helps provided domestic care for older people who could no longer carry out the heavier end of keeping their home clean. Home Helps would work on whilst the person had a bath knowing someone was there, would be there with a dry towel if needed, would chat as they made a cup of tea and they would buy grocery items or post a letter as they passed the shop on the way to and from the home. Home helps were in many ways the ‘eyes and ears’ of common sense. They did not work to a care plan, they looked out for their clients, would ring the doctor or a family member if they had any worries and would probably be with their clients for many years. Both the ‘carer’ and the ‘service user’ were happy!

Home Helps had basic first aid training and guaranteed employment.

If we had ‘Home Helps’ today they would have to be trained over and above the requirements for the role. They would need refresher training, training for the next fashionable ‘risk’ that came along and the ability in many cases to think for themselves as a human being caring for another person would be eroded. Taking any common sense initiative has in many cases been drummed out of the current caring role as carers themselves feel vulnerable.

Low level care can stop the need for higher levels of care perhaps a re-introduction of a similar service would be a good place to start.

In-House News

Prospective clients have been visited in Hampshire, Somerset, Cambridgeshire, South Wales and Middlesex.

MH training has taken place in South Wales.

Potential live-in carers have been interviewed in Carlisle.

New posts have commenced in:

Interesting Information / Statistics

Everest and Jennings wheelchairs are well known. Mr Harry Jennings and Mr Herbert Everest designed their first lightweight, collapsible wheelchair in 1933. They were both engineers and Mr Everest had sustained a broken back in a mining accident hence their invention. After they had made their first one they saw a market for mass producing and their business came into being.

Hay Fever was first described as a disease by the London physician John Bostock in 1819.

Question of the Week
"My son is disabled and would like to set up his own business. He has made a few enquiries but rather than encouraging him it has had the opposite effect. Are there any organisations who are experienced in working with disabled people who set up their own businesses?"

Answer : If you look on the internet there are quite a number of organisations that can offer guidance and advice but I would suggest that you may like to begin with the organisation Liveability.

Livability is the UK's largest Christian disability charity and gives disabled and disadvantaged people real choice about how they live their lives. In this vein they offer help and guidance for people who wish to become self employed and start a business. In addition to advice they offer work shops which cover core entrepreneurial skills such as business planning, book keeping and marketing. Once the business is launched they can provide up to 18 months mentoring.

Liveability has only been providing this help for a relatively short time but their web site advises that already to date they have helped launch over 150 new businesses for people with a disability. The web site is

A website run by people who have started up a business as a disabled person is Disability Means Business. DMB is a resource for disabled entrepreneurs who are self employed or wishing to start up their own business and can put you in touch with other disabled entrepreneurs to share knowledge which may help with the success of your business.For further information please visit

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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