June 06, 2013 -- Able Newsflash No.376

Care News

The Co-op Bank has installed 400 cash machines that have bright screens and easy to read lettering which should enable people with poor sight to use more easily.

By the end of 2013 a further 1000 machines will have spoken instructions. There are another 1000 installations planned for 2014


Interested in planes? Would you enjoy looking over 70 aircraft exhibits? If so the RAF Museum at Cosford may give you an enjoyable day out.

The aircraft are housed in four buildings which are easily accessible to people who are semi ambulant or full time wheelchair users.

There are disabled parking spaces, a wheelchair entrance, accessible toilets and a lift to the viewing gallery. The website does mention that the site has a slight gradient and therefore going back to the car park could be considered steep.

The website is www.rafmuseum.org.uk and there is no entry fee.

(This venue is the sister venue to the RAF Museum in Hendon, North London)


"Hospital bed blocking rockets 30% due to savage cuts in social care"
Daily Mirror headline on 30th May.

"Official figures reveal hospital bed days lost because home care is slow to be set up have soared from 2,867 days a month to 3,740.

Hospital bed blocking has rocketed 30% due to savage cuts in social care.

Damning official figures reveal hospital bed days lost because home care is slow to be set up have soared from 2,867 days a month to 3,740.

Overall 70,028 bed days were lost because of delayed discharges from hospital last month, up nearly 15,000 days since summer 2010."

As a care organisation with over 30 years experience in providing home care we find statements such as these astonishing. Ourselves and other home care companies spend many hours of marketing to hospital trusts and their social work departments offering our services to patients to enable them to return to their homes and begin their convalescence.

It is extremely unusual that we ever receive an acknowledgement from letters that we have sent offering to visit to explain what we do and how we can help bed blocking. Marketing material is regularly sent to hospital social work departments and contact from such departments is a rare occurrence.

Speaking with other care agencies, I know their experience is the same as ours.

An odd situation, can anyone explain it?

Question of the Week

"I have always managed my own affairs, paid my bills etc and I still prefer to do so the old fashioned way by writing a cheque when they come in. However, my eyesight is not as good as it used to be and a friend told me that it is possible to get a cheque book template so that you can get the words and figures where they are supposed to be. Where do I get one?"

Answer : Ask your bank. Most banks have a cheque book template for people who have poor sight and many offer a much larger cheque book to make completing cheques easier.

Interesting Information / Statistics

Plaster of Paris dressings were first employed in the treatment of mass casualties in the 1850s during the Crimean War.


Pain medications are the most common over the counter drugs sold, an estimated £530million per annum.

In-House News

This week we sadly lost a client for whom we had provided a live-in care package continuously since October 1995.

Being a Bank Holiday week, not too much movement but monitoring visits have taken place in Lancashire this week.

One live-in carer has joined our register.

Client Profile

Edna had a stroke in 2011, spent several months in hospital and then moved into a residential care home. In her 80’s Edna has decided that she would like to move back into her previous home and this week a live-in care package begins for her.

Edna’s first live-in carer is an experienced carer who has been with Able Community Care for over 12 years.


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