November 01, 2012 -- Able Newsflash No.346

Care News

A recent report carried out by the Trailblazers Group of the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign says that disabled travellers, when they travel by air, risk ‘hurt and humiliation’ from the airlines.

The group has called for things to improve and has had meetings with airlines, MPs and the Civil Aviation authority to discuss the problems.

The Health and Social Care Information Centre has said that the number of nurses, midwives and health visiting staff has fallen by more than 6,500 since the Coalition took power.

Workplace compensation claims rose by 25% in Scotland last year- six times the increase in England. There were 6,191 claims in 2011-2012 up 1,236 on the previous year.
(Source: Dept of Work and Pensions)

Question of the Week

"Who can and can’t give blood"

Answer : The following information is from the web site:

"Most people can give blood. If you are generally in good health, age 17 to 65 (if it's your first time) and weigh at least 50kg (7st 12lb) you can donate. However, If you are female, aged under 20 years old and weigh under 65kg (10st 3lb) and are under 168cm (5’6”) in height, we need to estimate your blood volume before donating.

"There is no medical reason for an upper weight limit. However, our current donation beds and chairs are designed to safely accommodate a person weighing up to 25 stone (350 lb or 158 kg). If you are unsure please feel free to call our 24 hour donor helpline on 0300 123 23 23.

"Male donors can give blood every 12 weeks. That’s approximately every 3 months or 4 times in a 12 month period. Female donors can give every 16 weeks or approximately every 4 months."

Interesting Information / Statistics

If you notice a large number of males looking as though they have not shaved in the next couple of weeks it may be down to one of Britain's most popular charity projects, the ‘Movember’ campaign. This project is to raise money for prostate cancer and involves males growing moustaches for sponsorship. Last years ‘Movember’ raised £80million and had almost a million males allowing their bristles to develop!

Overall however, donations to charities were down to £11billion last year down from £3billion three years ago.

In-House News

A new post has commenced in Scotland for an elderly lady with Osteoporosis. Care Manager is Julie and the weekly wage is £582.00 inc.

Sadly a client has died for whom we had been providing an unbroken, live-in care service for the period 21st September 2000 to 25th October 2012.

Several organisations have requested a number of our postcards for their reception areas advising about our Home From Hospital Service and the postcard ‘Your Own Front Door, Priceless!’ with reference to our live-in care service. If any readers would like some, please email to and we will be happy to send them out to you.

The same applies to our bi-monthly Gazette which solicitors, hairdressers, information centres, etc. receive after requesting them, on a regular basis for their waiting/reception areas.

Client Profile of the Week

Colin is in his 50's and has MS which has progressed steadily. Able Community Care provides Colin with a live-in carer service assisted by an outside hourly, care agency who come in four times a day to help with transfers, etc.

Colin attends a day centre and is supported by his GP surgery, his family and his local Social Services office.

Our continuous live-in care service began for Colin in June 2009.

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

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