October 11, 2012 -- Able Newsflash No.343

Care News

Many supermarkets offer online ordering but this is not of interest if you are not on the internet. However, Sainsbury’s have a telephone ordering service where people can phone in their grocery order. The number to call is 0800 328 1700 from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week , when asked, go for the extension ‘option 1’.There is a delivery charge if your order is under £100.00 (over £120.00 in some very rural areas). Have your order list ready when you phone.

A group of leading care providers and associations has announced plans for a UK-wide care home open day to be held on 21 June 2013. The idea behind the day will be to encourage communities to go into their local care homes and to connect residents and communities together. It is hoped that as many care homes as possible will join the event UK-wide and it is open to any care home, regardless of whether it is council run, or independent. The home is free to put on any activities that they think will attract their local community into their homes and we are looking forward to dispelling some of the myths about residential care and showing local people what excellent services are at the heart of their community. More details and some advice and suggestions for care homes will be available towards the end of the year.
Members of the group are:

Source: Care News Today

Daybreak's Celebrity Children's Christmas Card Competition launches.

To celebrate ITV’s Christmas charity appeal Text Santa, Daybreak is giving one lucky youngster the chance to design their very own Christmas card to be sold alongside celebrity creations in shops nationwide.

Sketch Santa is looking for budding young artists to send in their card designs on what Christmas means to them. Be it traditional, modern or humorous, the card designs should include a picture of Santa Claus on the front and be themed around Christmas.

The lucky winner will see their cards sold in a pack of six cards alongside designs created by a host of top celebrity names including The Saturdays, Tulisa, Emmerdale’s Matthew Wolfenden and Daybreak presenters Aled Jones and Lorraine Kelly.

Sketch Santa cards will be available to buy nationwide from Hallmark, Asda and charity stores. A proportion of the profits from each pack of cards sold will be donated to Text Santa which this year is helping six charities: Age UK, Anthony Nolan, Carers UK, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Together for Short Lives and Whizz-Kidz.

The competition launched on Monday 1st October – and is open to entries from children aged six to 16 years old.

How to enter: Visit the Daybreak website www.itv.com/daybreak

? ? ? Question of the Week ? ? ?

"As a result of a stroke I am not as fit as I was to carry out my favourite hobby of gardening. Although I do not have a large garden I do like to keep it looking nice and also to grow a few vegetables. Are you aware of any gardening books that I could read that might suggest ways to help my new situation?"

Answer : Gardening for Disabled Trust has a website that mentions several books and these can be seen on their website at www.gardeningfordisabledtrust.org.uk

However, I would also suggest looking at the web site of Thrive, which has lots of ideas, advice and is a very user friendly web site: www.thrive.org.uk

Interesting Information / Statistics

Client profile of the week:

Claire’s* family came to us in January 2010 to ask if we could provide a live-in carer package to enable Claire (then age 79) to remain in her own home in the rural environment where she had lived most of her life.

Claire’s health problems included severe arthritis, osteoporosis and poor mobility.

The first live-in carer introduced to Claire in January 2010 is now one of her two regular carers in October 2012. The other regular carer was introduced for the first time to Claire in June 2010.
* name has been changed.

The Cinema Exhibitors' Association Card

The Cinema Exhibitors' Association (CEA) Card is a national card for disabled people. It entitles the holder to one free ticket for a person accompanying them to the cinema. To be eligible, the holder must receive Disability Living Allowance, Attendance Allowance or be registered blind.

The card costs £5.50 and is valid for one year. You can get an application form at any participating cinema, or download one from the CEA website.www.ceacard.co.uk

If a cinema is not in this scheme, it is worth asking if they offer reduced or free admission to your assistant or carer.

AbilityNet Accessibility Services

AbilityNet's IT Can Help service has a network of CRB-checked volunteers across the country who offer free computer assistance to disabled people in their own homes including:

To access help or find out more contact AbilityNet by email on help@itcanhelp.org.uk

Or call Freephone (and Minicom) 0800 269 545

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