March 14, 2013 -- Able Newsflash No.364

Care News

Parkinson's Disease and NHS Continuing Care
(NHS Continuing Care is a government-funded care service for people with severe health needs)

The Parkinson's UK website believes that many people with Parkinson's who are entitled to this care are not currently receiving it and the organisation is asking people affected by Parkinson's to take part in a new inquiry looking into whether the needs of people with the condition are being met by NHS continuing care.

Healthcare professionals and organisations working with people with Parkinson's are also invited to take part.

The deadline for written evidence is Friday 24 May 2013 and if you would like to know more please visit this page on their website or email to:

Since the announcement about the cap on care costs there have been several media mentions of the financial product called the 'Immediate Needs Annuity'.

The annuity is purchased from an insurance provider by a one off premium, which is calculated per individual with reference to age and health. The annuity then guarantees to provide a specific monthly payment for as long as care is needed.

Information is that the average age people buy an Immediate Needs Annuity is 87, but at the moment there are less than 7,000 Immediate Needs Annuities in force in England.

Research by the Women's Royal Voluntary Service (WRVS) reveals that 30% of over 75's in the East and South East (that have mains gas) have a gas appliance in their home that hasn't been serviced or even safety checked within the recommended period of time (at least once a year).

A campaign has been launched in the East and South East by the WRVS, supported by the Gas Safe Charity and the Gas Safe Register, to raise awareness of gas safety among older people in the region who are particularly vulnerable to gas related incidents. The campaign will help to educate older people who are not having appliances safety checked, do not know the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning or how to recognise the signs that a gas appliance might be dangerous

The research also reveals:

(Source: WRVS Feb 2013)

Question of the Week

"I wish to employ a foreign carer for my Mother. Where can I get a Criminal Record Check from before I offer her the job?"

Answer : This is the information given by the UK Disclosure and Barring Service:

How to check overseas applicants
If you are recruiting people from overseas and wish to check their overseas criminal record, you should contact the embassy or High Commission of the country in question. You can find contact details for embassies and High Commissions in the UK on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website at:

If you wish you can also contact the FCO Response Centre Helpline on 020 7008 1500.

Interesting Information / Statistics

The Royal British Legion

Poppy Calls provides a free dedicated handy-person service to those who are unable to carry out small repairs and minor alterations to their homes. You are eligible if you have served in the Forces for at least seven days or are the dependent of someone who has served; this includes widows, widowers, cohabiting partners or civil partners of ex-Service people.

The service is free to those who satisfy the eligibility criteria of The Royal British Legion.

Handy person tasks include:

For further details call free to: 0800 032 0306.

On average, an emergency air ambulance takes off every 10 minutes in the UK, flying 365 days a year in daylight hours.

In-House News

A 'Care Information Day' was held by Able Community Care at The Town Hall in Southwold, Suffolk.

In Wales, a prospective client has been visited and a review has been conducted for an existing client.

Three reviews have taken place in Surrey and clients in Hertfordshire have also been visited.

One carer was interviewed at our office.

A new live-in care job has started in for an older lady in Kent. The salary is £540 per week inclusive of travel expenses.

As part of our service we regularly publish helpful information sheets which we are happy to pass on. Recent examples include:

If you would like a copy of these and would like to receive future information sheets please send your email address to:

Client Profile

David was in his 40's when he had a stroke with physical and mental health consequences. A fan of a range of sports, he enjoys watching these and recently has started to attend a local gym with his live-in carer.

David's care began in 2004 and his two rotational live-in carers were first introduced to him in December 2007 and November 2011.

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