April 04, 2013 -- Able Newsflash No.367

Care News

As part of the response to the Mid Staffordshire Public Inquiry 14 more hospital trusts will be reviewed in April and May this year. Those hospitals are:

Age UK have a ‘no frills’ new credit card sized phone aimed at older people. Instead of having to press numbers to make a phone call the owner of the new phone will only need to press a button featuring the names of their friends and family (up to eight names).

There is also a clearly labelled ‘on’ and ‘off’ switch. The battery life is longer than most phones at approximately five days. The new phone can literally make contact with those on the phone at a touch of a button.

Age UK hope to sell around 50,000 phones in 2013.

The handset costs £55.00 and one rolling contract costs £7.50 per month though there are other options.


Thousands of people who want to work with children will no longer have to disclose minor criminal convictions and cautions to potential employers under a major reform to the system of Criminal Record Bureau checks.

The change will affect thousands of teachers, doctors, nurses and care home workers, as well leaders of scout and guide packs, and youth groups, who have been unable to work with children because of minor offences committed years before.

The news came after three appeal court judges ruled in January that people should not have to declare minor convictions on Criminal Records Bureau disclosure forms if they were not relevant to their work in later life.

The Home Office published legislation – as it had been ordered to by the court – to ensure that minor offences were filtered from criminal records checks.

Home Office sources said the changes could affect around 6,000 people a year. Last year more than four million people applied for a criminal records check.
(Source: The Telegraph)

Question of the Week

"I am wheelchair dependent and I would like to locate holiday accommodation which has a wet room. I know there are individual descriptions of holiday hotels/self catering homes on the internet, but do you know of any chain organisation that routinely has wet room facility accommodation?"

Answer : Premier Inns do have wet rooms in some of their hotels but you would need to call them to ask where these are located. Call 0871 527 9236

Country Cottages advertise that they have 22 holiday properties that have wet rooms and you can talk to the individual owners to see what other facilities they have for disabled access, use, etc.

Other hotel chains which advertise as having some locations with wet rooms are:

However, many individual hotels with wet rooms can be accessed easily by going to the Tourist Information Centre in the area in which you would like to holiday and simply asking them to send you details of wet room accommodation in their area.

Interesting Information / Statistics

The average length of retirement in the UK is 19 years. This compares with:(Source: HSBC)

Every year in the UK over 1000 people experience a spinal cord injury, and there are an estimated 40,000 spinal cord injured people in the UK.
(Source: SIA)

In-House News

MH training and staff appraisals have taken place this week.

Monitoring visits to Greater Manchester and Lancashire have taken place.

A new post has commenced in Suffolk for an older lady with Alzheimer’s. Care Manager is Jackie Maasz.

A presentation was made to a Rotary Club in Norfolk.

Judy (Registered Manager) and Rachel (Admin) attended a lunch in Holt, Norfolk held to advise about the new role of the Clinical Commissioning Groups.

Client Profile

Norman is in his 60’s and in 2005 suffered a stroke as a result of which he was registered blind. His current rota of two carers were introduced to him in July 2010 and February 2011 and whilst providing domestic and personal care they also enable Norman to shop for his weekly groceries, attend a day centre, the gym, enjoy pub lunches and, weather permitting, enjoy a daily walk.


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