October 18, 2012 -- Able Newsflash No.344

Care News

From Arthritis Today:-

Arthroplex capsules and gel are being advertised illegally on the internet and through flyers in magazines claiming to relieve the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and joint pain. This product is unlicensed, meaning it has not undergone any testing for quality, safety and effectiveness, so it could pose a serious health risk to people who use it.

The Advertising Standards Authority and the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) received over 70 complaints about the advertising of the medicine that claims: “Feel your aches and pains fade in 48 hours! And then disappear for ever”


As the weather turns colder many people get out their electric blanket for warmer nights. Many of these blankets have not had a safety check and could cause a fire. Many of the blankets will be old and again unsafe to use.

It is recommended that electric blankets have an annual check and that any blanket over 10 years old should be discarded.

When buying another electric blanket, never buy a second hand one and when buying new always look for one of these safety certification marks. BEAB or KEMAKEUR


The Royal British Legion is seeking volunteers for the 2012 Poppy Appeal.

Volunteers are very welcome even if they can only donate a couple of hours of their time.

Volunteers are needed to be:

If you can spare the time please contact via: www.britishlegion.org.uk who will put you in touch with your local volunteer organiser.

You do not have to be a Legion member but you do have to be over 16 years of age to collect on your own.

? ? ? Question of the Week ? ? ?

"I work full time and have little time to spare but as winter approaches I would like to volunteer something, either in goods or for a couple or so hours per week. I have seen on TV news items about food banks and wondered if I could help here in some way. I don’t however, know much about them and would welcome further information?"

Answer : Foodbanks feed people who are going hungry in the UK. It could be that people have insufficient money for food because of redundancy, an unexpected bill they need to pay, a budget affected by rising fuel prices,etc.

Foodbanks offer around three days emergency rations to help out.

Food is donated by members of the public, by local shops/farms and by supermarkets.

Volunteer opportunities are available either as a donator of food items, but please check the type of food items your local centre is seeking or by becoming a volunteer in the Foodbank centre for a few hours per week.

The Trussell Trust is a charity which runs Foodbanks throughout the UK though there are other local ones. To find out if there is a Foodbank in your area email to enquiries@trusselltrust.org or give your local Council a call for details of other local ones.

Client Profile of the Week

Keith* is now in his seventies and has CP. He came to Able Community Care in 2001 for a live-in carer scheme.

Keith has a current, regular, rotational system of two, live-in care workers. The first one became his carer in 2001 and his current, second, live-in carer was introduced to Keith in April 2012. Keith lives in the North of England.
* name has been changed.

Interesting Information / Statistics

Information from www.eatwell.gov.uk advises that the number of cases of listeria in people over the age of 60 has doubled in the past nine years and one in three of the people who get food poisoning caused by listeria die as a result.

You can obtain free leaflets for distribution by visiting the above web site.

In House

Client care reviews have taken place in Norfolk, Hertfordshire, Lancashire and Greater Manchester

Potential carer interviews have taken place in Norfolk and Hampshire.

New client posts have commenced in:


News this week has focused on several care agencies who do not apply for CRB checks for some of their staff. All Able carers have CRB clearance obtained by us. When a new carer joins the company, if they have an in date CRB check of less than 12 months old, they are allowed to work in the first few weeks with that CRB clearance whilst their Able CRB is obtained.


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Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Director
Able Community Care Ltd.





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