March 21, 2013 -- Able Newsflash No.365

Care News

From the Department of Health website: Palliative Care Funding

"We know that the current system of palliative care does not work well enough for people. Some patients receive excellent care and their families excellent support while others miss out. We need a more transparent system, one which sets out clearly what people should expect and enables commissioners and providers to deliver this.

The Government will introduce a new funding system by 2015, a system that is sustainable, that provides stability and security to plan for the long term, and that actively encourages community-based palliative care, to help people stay at home or in a care home when they wish.

The Department is establishing eight Palliative Care Funding pilot sites to take this work forward."

Whizz-Kidz has launched a new leaflet to help families who have a child who needs a wheelchair.

The leaflet has information on how to apply for a wheelchair through Whizz-Kidz, and the other services offered – such as wheelchair skills training, youth groups, work placements and residential camps.

If you’d like a copy of the leaflet, please email Katie on

(Whizz-Kidz is the working name of The Movement for Non-Mobile Children)

Leonard Cheshire Disability is offering disabled people with a passion for campaigning the chance to meet politicians from the three largest political parties this autumn.

Three disabled people will be supported by the charity to attend and campaign at the Conservative, Liberal Democrat and Labour Party Conferences.

Disabled people from across the UK have until 3 May to apply for the Access All Areas scheme, which was launched to ensure politicians hear directly from people with disabilities about the issues that matter to them.

To download a form or to find out more go to: or call 020 3242 0269. Alternative formats are available on request and the charity can also support people to apply over the phone.

Question of the Week

"My uncle who was deaf has recently died and in clearing his house I have come across a selection of hearing aids (some new and still in boxes) and I am loathe to throw them away. Can they be recycled at all?"

Answer : One of the ways in which they can be usefully recycled is to give them to your local Lions Club. One of their web sites gives the information that there are an estimated 278 million people in the world who have moderate to profound hearing loss in both ears yet the current annual production of hearing aids is estimated to meet less than 10% of the global need. The Lions Hearing Aid Recycling Programme (HARP) hopes in a small way to help this situation by recycling ones that are no longer required.

Interesting Information / Statistics

The highest average pay rate for a Nursing Assistant in England is in London with an average of £18,950 pa. The lowest at £14,834 pa. is paid in the South East and East of England.

ReCOM is a charity which is helping people get on-line in the UK. (77% of jobs require some form of IT skill, more and more government services are offered on line). Using the internet is now the norm for keeping in touch with people, low cost shopping, etc. Yet many are still missing out; those most likely to be 'digitally excluded' are older people, manual workers, lower income households, and people with disabilities. ReCOM is dedicated to bridging this.

ReCOM helps disabled and disadvantaged people enhance their lives by providing access to information technology through:

In addition the organisation urgently need donations of working laptops to help people with disabilities get on-line.

If you have a laptop that you would like to donate then you can call ReCOM on 0121 663 0335, or email

In-House News

Potential clients have been visited in Norfolk and Suffolk.

We attended and had an exhibition table at Breckland (Norfolk) Older Peoples AGM.

Manual Handling training has taken place in Norfolk.

A carer has been interviewed in Norwich.

Client Profile

Teri, in her early 50’s has advanced MS and requires help with all personal, domestic and social care. Able Community Care began to provide Teri with a live-in carer service in April 2010 and now are assisted daily by the input of a local hourly care agency for specific joint tasks.

Teri has a regular rota of three carers who were introduced to her in November 2011, June 2012 and December 2012.

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