February 07, 2013 -- Able Newsflash No.359

Care News

Free bus travel for Scotland's elderly and disabled secured by new deal.

A deal has been reached to safeguard free bus travel for the over 60s and people with disabilities.

The Scottish government has agreed an extra £10m worth of investment in the bus industry to allow concessionary travel to continue.

But the amount of money the government reimburses the bus operators will be reduced over the next two years.


A safety limit on volume levels comes into force on all new personal music players this month. All personal music players and mobile phones sold in the EU must now have a sound limit of 85 decibels (dB), but users can increase it to 100dB.

It is widely believed that overexposure to loud music can trigger tinnitus.

Tinnitus is a medical term used to describe a ringing or buzzing noise that people can hear permanently in one ear, both ears or in the head and It is often caused by exposure to loud music and can be accompanied by hearing loss.

However, a survey of more than 1,500 16 to 34-year-old's by Action on Hearing Loss suggests that 79% of young people are unaware of new standards coming into force this month.

All personal music players sold in the EU after February 2013 are expected to have a default sound limit of 85dB.


The Care Quality Commission checks all hospitals in England to ensure they are meeting national standards. Their findings are in the public domain on their website at: www.cqc.org.uk.

Here you can read CQC's latest report on the hospital and you are able, should you wish to, feed back your experience of that hospital or report a concern.

Question of the Week

"My disabled nephew loves watching tennis on television and I would like to know if there are any opportunities for someone who spends a great deal of time in a wheelchair to actually play the game?"

Answer : Wheelchair tennis is a popular sport and one of the reasons is that it can be played on any regular tennis court without requiring any changes to either the racket or the tennis balls. (Wheelchair tennis has been a Paralympic sport since 1996).

The Tennis Foundation is supporting tennis venues to become totally accessible so that everyone has the opportunity to play. To see if their is an accessible venue near to your nephew, go to this page on the Tennis Foundation website then scroll down and you will come to "Map: Tennis for Disabled People - Tennis Venues", which gives you a UK map with all the centres that currently are accessible.

Interesting Information / Statistics

Global Access News Disabled Travel Network has details of travel books for disabled travellers on an international basis. Worth a look if you are travelling overseas.

A large study from France showed that blood pressure in elderly people varies significantly with the seasons, with rates of high blood pressure readings rising from 23.8% in summer to 33.4% in winter. Blood pressure increases were seen in both the systolic (top) and diastolic (bottom) numbers.

In the study, researchers analysed seasonal variation in blood pressure among 8,801 adults over the age of 65 in France over two years.

The results showed both systolic and diastolic blood pressures varied with the weather. Overall, the average systolic blood pressure was 5 points higher in winter than in summer. But researchers say the temperature-related effects on high blood pressure were greatest among those 80 and older.
(Taken from the website of The Stroke Association)


Patients who fail to attend NHS appointments cost the NHS about £700m a year, with up to six million appointment slots wasted annually.

In-House News

Prospective clients have been visited in Suffolk, Norfolk, Worcestershire and Somerset.

A new post has commenced in Cornwall for a frail, older lady. Care Manager is Colin and the weekly wage is £530.00 inc.

A presentation "Community Care 1601-2013" has been given to a Rotary Club branch in Suffolk this week.

Client Profile

Olive, disabled for most of her adult life, lived in the UK but many of her close family lived in Southern Europe. They were happy to have her stay with them and provide some care but it was the journey to their homes that proved most problematical. By road, train or air, it had never been simple to organise and arrange.

An approach was made to Able Community Care to see if the solution would be a 24 hour, live-in carer who could accompany and support Olive on the long journey and provide some of the care when the destination was reached, allowing Olive and her relatives to enjoy their time together.

The arrangement the first year was trouble free, suited both Olive and her relations and many more visits with a live-in carer have since taken place.

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