September 13, 2012 -- Able Newsflash No.339

UK News

The Care Quality Commission has published guidance on a person’s rights under the Mental Health Act regarding giving consent to treatment for people who are detained in hospital, on a community treatment order and for those who have been recommended electro-convulsive therapy. For the download visit

The polling form Ipsos Mori will run a survey asking people in care homes to rate their experience. Nearly 50,000 people living in approx 850 homes run by 13 operators which will include the care homes of Anchor, Barchester Healthcare, Care UK and others will be asked their views on staff, activities, privacy, food and if they are happy in their home. Results will be published in 2013 and the exercise repeated again in September 2013.

Ramps introduced at some Tube platforms to help wheelchair users during the Olympics and Paralympics are to be retained. Transport for London said the boarding aids at 16 stations would stay for a few months while a review was carried out. The move follows positive feedback from customers during the Games. Disability charity "Transport for All" said the ramps had made the tube accessible for the first time for many.
Source: BBC

Mr Rickayzen, an academic at the Cass Business School speaking at the International Conference on evidence-based policy in long-term care in London last week stated that only 400,000 households over 65 in the UK could currently afford institutional care for more than one year on the basis of their income alone. However, this figure grew to 3m if savings were included and 4.6m if home equity was included.
Source: FTAdvisor

? ? ? Question of the Week ? ? ?

"My Mother’s grave is in a graveyard about seventy miles from my home. I visit when I can and always feel sad at the state of the grave. I have tried to plant small shrubs, but they look uncared for and I would like to know if there are companies that, for a small fee, would ensure that the grave is kept looking nice. Do such companies exist?"

Answer : It may well be that there is a local company in the area but there is a national company which will look after a person’s grave from £9.99 per month. The company, Pilgrim Services, advertises that they run a nationwide service. Their maintenance can include cleaning the grave stone, planting, pruning, weeding, grass cutting, etc. To show you how they keep the grave looking they will send you photographs. Their website is or you can call them on 01223 911892 and request their brochure.

Interesting Information / Statistics

A Freedom of Information request shows that in excess of 7000 hoax calls have been made to the Scottish Ambulance Service in the past three years.

One of the key legacy aims of the Paralympics is to increase participation in sports by Britain's 11 million disabled people. Just 18% of disabled adults undertake physical activity for more than 30 minutes a week, compared with 38% of non-disabled adults, according to Sport England.

In House

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Angela Gifford, Director
Able Community Care Ltd.

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