May 10, 2013 -- Able Newsflash No.372

Care News

From this September people age 70 and above will be offered a vaccination to prevent shingles.

Elderly people are at the greatest risk of this painful condition and it is estimated that in England alone the number of people in this age group who can receive the vaccine is around 800,000. Shingles affects 3 in every 1,000 people each year.

BBC Children in Need has devised a new strategy for its small and main grants programmes. The charity, said it wanted to respond to applications more quickly.

The main programme, for which the application deadline is 15 May, will make grants of more than £10,000 over three years.

The small grants programme, which closes to applications on 1 June, awards funding of less than £10,000 over one year. Grants are awarded to UK charities and non-profit organisations that work with disadvantaged children and young people.

Under the new strategy, at least 100 more small grants will be made this year. In 2012, the charity awarded 650 small grants, it said. The programme will have five grant rounds a year, instead of the previous four, and the response time is being reduced from 14 weeks to between eight and 10.

For main grants, a two-stage application process has been introduced, with four deadlines a year. Charities will find out within four weeks whether they have progressed to the full application stage, rather than having to wait 12 weeks for a final decision, as before.

London is "the TB capital of Europe", The Daily Telegraph has reported. The newspaper says that Britain is now the only nation in Western Europe with rising levels of tuberculosis, with more than 9,000 cases diagnosed annually. In London, where 40% of UK cases are reportedly diagnosed, the number of cases has risen by almost 50% since 1999, up from 2,309 in 1999 to 3,450 in 2009.

Question of the Week

"I want to take a family member abroad for a holiday, which airline has the best facilities for disabled people?"

Answer : I went to and the following information is from their website:

Recommended Airlines

Booking your Flight

When you book your flight, you will usually need to give at least 48 hours' notice to enable the airline to organise any additional services required because of your disability. This means that last minute booking can be a bad idea, even if you're looking for cheap deals.

Upon booking, let the airline know about your special needs and get their confirmation that they can support you. In some cases you may need a medical certificate of fitness to travel (your doctor can provide this). Any service animal you take with you will need to be certificated and travel under the PETS scheme on international flights.

Hidden Costs

Make sure you clarify exactly what the airline you choose will provide for you as standard. Some airlines have reportedly demanded extra money for services like helping disabled passengers through the airport. This is not standard practice and you should not accept it, but you will always be in a stronger position if you check before you travel.

If you need extra space where you are seated on-board, you'll find that some airlines provide it for free whilst others require you to book an additional seat. There are also airlines which will offer to let you use a second seat for free but then withdraw the offer if the plane fills up, which can leave you in trouble. Make sure you are clear on what the deal is.

Interesting Information / Statistics

The Wheelchair Users Group (WUG) is a registered charity (est. 1992) formed by wheelchair users. The mission statement of the charity is:

"To Empower and Enable Wheelchair Users to lead full and active lives by helping them obtain the right mobility equipment from both the statutory and private sector".

WUG offer the following services:

  1. A free advocacy helpline
  2. A comprehensive information service
  3. A range of fact-sheets
  4. Information and guidance on NHS wheelchair provision
  5. Information on access, blue badge parking and mobility
  6. Run Folkestone ShopMobility
  7. A regular newsletter
  8. Talks and training around self-advocacy
  9. Informative website:

Only 17% of disabled people were born with their disabilities. The majority of disabled people acquire their disability later in their lives.
(Source: Papworth Trust 2011)

In-House News

Potential clients have been visited this week in Yorkshire, Lancashire, Jersey and two in Norfolk.

Two live-in carers have been interviewed and one carer has been placed on the Register.

Client Profile

Brad is middle aged and suffered a stroke which left him needing complete care, personal, domestic and social. In order to remain in a home of his own he was referred to Able Community Care in 2008. One of his two main live in carers was introduced to Brad in 2008 and his current second regular live in carer has been with him since 2011.

Living at home with a live-in carer enables Brad to go out and about, have family visits and to attend a day centre.

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