May 30, 2013 -- Able Newsflash No.375

Care News

With reference to the item in an earlier Newsflash with reference to elderly people being scammed, a reader has suggested we may wish to mention the ‘Think Jessica Campaign’ which has more on the problem and gives information/guidance aims to help those chronic victims of scam mail in a number of ways. The website is:

More people are choosing to be cared for in their own home. CQC registered more home care organisations in 2011/2012 compared to the previous year and already in this year 2012/013 there is an increase of 6% in the first six months registering.

Last year 67 private care home providers declared insolvency and since 2008 approx. 250 operators have ceased trading.

Visiting London and would like a different day out, then visit Vinopolis. Vinopolis is a wine experience where you can taste wine, lean how to evaluate it, meander around ‘the world’ and if you want afterwards enjoy a meal in the Cantina.

There are Blue Badge bays nearby, there are pavements so you do not need to go on the cobbled street, the venue is entirely wheelchair accessible and assistance is available. There are lifts to all floors and six disabled friendly toilets.

For further details go to: Tours with wine tasting are £19.50 and it is suggested that you allow at least 2 hours a visit.

Question of the Week

"I live abroad and visited my parents last weekend and was surprised to see the amount of junk mail they had lying around and also whilst I was there they received several ‘junk’ phone calls. Is it possible to stop either of these unwanted intrusions?"

Answer : Yes it is. To stop (or at least reduce significantly) the unwanted mail you can ring the Mailing Preference Service on 0845 703 4599 or go online to

Unaddressed mail (such as comes in the post with normal mail) you need to contact The Royal Mail at:
Royal Mail Door to Door Opt Outs
Kingsmead House
Oxpens Road

Alternatively email to:

For the telephone calls contact The Telephone Preference Service on 08450 700707 ot visit:

Interesting Information / Statistics

The NHS employs more than 1.7m people. Of those, just under half are clinically qualified, including, 39,780 general practitioners (GPs), 370,327 nurses, 18,687 ambulance staff and 105,711 hospital and community health service (HCHS) medical and dental staff. Only the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, the Wal-Mart supermarket chain and the Indian Railways directly employ more people.

The NHS in England is the biggest part of the system by far, catering to a population of 53m and employing more than 1.35m people. The NHS in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland employs 153,427; 84,817 and 78,000 people respectively.

The NHS deals with over 1 million patients every 36 hours.

In-House News

A potential client visit has taken place in Dorset and client reviews/monitoring have taken place in Lancashire and Hertfordshire.

One potential live-in carer has been interviewed in Hampshire.

Four organisations have signed up this week to receive our Able Community Care Information Leaflets. (Eight published to date).

The latest edition of The Gazette will soon be published online but for a hard copy ring 01603 764567.

A Customer Satisfaction Form has been returned to us this week giving three comments with reference to the satisfaction our live-in care service gives our client and his family. They are:

Client Profile

Stephan is in late middle age and has MS. In 2009, wishing to remain in his own home but having high dependency care needs, he decided to try a live-in care package to enable him to continue to live in his own neighbourhood and near his family members. Once in place, Stephan enjoyed the independence it gave him and the package has continued.

Stephan is wheelchair dependent and the live-in carer in place has assistance from an outside agency four times daily to assist with transfers.

Stephan’s current regular rota of two carers is made up of a carer who was introduced into Stephan’s home in 2009 and the second carer in 2012.

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