December 13, 2012 -- Able Newsflash No.352

Care News

Local charities which provide services for people of all ages are finding that their donations, both financial and the goods that are donated are down from last year. As a result many organisations are losing their meeting venues and are unable to provide services as they used to, all at a time when social care is being reduced, especially for older people in our communities.

Of the 160,000 registered charities in the UK, approximately 46% of this sector has an annual turnover of less than £10,000.

These are mainly local charities making a local contribution to local people.Such charities are not likely to have a shop, constant publicity or regular donators.

It may be that local charities are the ones you would wish to support but are not aware of any in your area.

You can, by going to the following web site, identify any charities in your area with an income of less than £10,000 and if you are involved with a charity with under this income and are not registered on the site, you can list your charity free of charge.

The web site to visit is

THE Orkney Isles have the highest rate of multiple sclerosis in the world, new research shows.The number of people in Orkney diagnosed with probable or definite MS is 402 per 100,000, which would equate to roughly 80 people on the islands, and the number developing symptoms has soared. Authors of the first MS study of its kind for 40 years say they cannot determine why Orcadians and those who move to the islands run such a high risk of developing the disease.
Source: Sunday Herald

As your Christmas cards come through your door, you may like to cut off the stamps, put them in a jar and in 2013 send them off to The Retired Greyhound Trust at 2nd Floor, Park House, 1-4 Park Terrace, Worcester Park, Surrey, KT4 7JZ.

It costs approximately £1500 to look after a dog for a year and they accept used stamps in order to raise funds.

??? Question of the Week ???

" I have been asked by a friend who lives in a very rural area to see if I can get her some ‘diabetic socks’. Can you tell me exactly what they are and where I can buy them?"

Answer : ‘Diabetic socks’ are socks which are made so that they do not restrict circulation, as for example a tight elastic top would, do not have rough seams or are made of materials that may rub against the skin and cause blisters. Many places sell them, Boots the Chemist stocks them as do other companies online such as:

Interesting Information / Statistics

Cold weather and elderly people – how to help.

If you know of an elderly or disabled person in your area, the winter weather is a time when an offer of help may be appreciated.

Louis Braille was born on January 4, 1809 in the village of Coupvray, France. He was the son of a harness maker. He was not born blind, but suffered an accident while playing in his father's workshop at the age of 3. He poked himself in the eye with an awl, and the resulting infection destroyed his vision in that eye. He lost vision in his other eye because of a medical condition called sympathetic ophthalmia.

Louis Braille invented the Braille system in 1824 to enable the blind to read by using a combination of 6 raised dots for each letter or number. These could be read by the blind with their fingertips. Braille's system was based on an idea of Charles Barbier, a French army officer, who used a combination of 12 dots pressed into paper for each number or letter in military communications that could be read in the dark of night.

In-House News

Potential client visits have been made in Norfolk and Kent.

A Care Manager and our Risk Assessor attended an external refresher training course on Safeguarding.

A potential live-in carer interview took place in Norfolk.

Able Community Care exhibited at a BUILD event. (BUILD is a Norfolk based charity providing social, learning and leisure opportunities for adults and young people with disabilities).

With effect from the New Year Able Community Care can accept debit card payments.

Our Tips Sheet ‘ Christmas Presents for Older People’ has generated many requests. If you are still stuck for ideas, email us and we will send one to you or visit our website at www.

Client Profile

Edward is in his late 40’s and has a spinal injury.

Able Community Care began providing a live-in care service in August 2009 and care has been continuous since. Two main carers, Carer A first went on Edward’s rota in October 2009 and Carer B in February 2010. All personal, domestic and social care is provided plus a little care for Edward’s cat.

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

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