June 13, 2013 -- Able Newsflash No.377

Care News

The survey released from ADASS (Association of Directors of Adult Social Services) says that a further £800 million is due to be saved in social care in the year running up to April 2014.The following facts are from this survey:

The following is taken from the Free Benefits Newsletter published by Social Welfare Training:

"A case has recently been heard in Judicial Review proceedings at the High Court about whether the new bedroom tax (or under occupancy in the social rented sector) rules discriminate against disabled people. 10 claimants who are either disabled or live with a disabled person are taking the case jointly.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission acted as an expert witness and submitted that ‘the new regulations potentially breach the right of people not to be discriminated against in the enjoyment of their rights (A.14) and their right to a family life (A.8).’ ’One of the claimants, who has spina bifida, lives in a two-bedroomed housing association flat with her husband. He is unable to share the same bed because of her health needs. There is not enough space for a second bed so he has to use their second bedroom.’ We will keep you informed if new exceptions are confirmed."

Care homes are being urged to get their residents online, after figures from www.carehome.co.uk revealed only a fifth of care homes in Britain have internet access for their residents.

Statistics from carehome.co.uk show only 3,400 of care homes give residents access to the internet. There are over 20,000 care homes in the UK.

Question of the Week

"I have enjoyed playing the piano all my life but now in my seventies my sight is poor. Do you know if it is possible to get music sheets in large print or have some of my existing ones adapted (If I just get them enlarged on a photocopier they are too big to stay on my music stand!)?"

Answer : It is possible to do both and the RNIB can help you with this. The method that can be used is called Modified Stave Notation (MSN) and the contact details to learn more about this are:

RNIB Music Advisory Service
Telephone: 020 7388 1266
Email: mas@rnib.org.uk
Web: www.rnib.org.uk/music

Interesting Information / Statistics

For 75 years Finland's expectant mothers have been given a box by the state. It's like a starter kit of clothes, sheets and toys that can even be used as a bed. And some say it helped Finland achieve one of the world's lowest infant mortality rates.

It's a tradition that dates back to the 1930's and it's designed to give all children in Finland, no matter what background they're from, an equal start in life.

The maternity package - a gift from the government - is available to all expectant mothers.

It contains bodysuits, a sleeping bag, outdoor gear, bathing products for the baby, as well as nappies, bedding and a small mattress.

With the mattress in the bottom, the box becomes a baby's first bed. Many children, from all social backgrounds, have their first naps within the safety of the box's four cardboard walls.Mothers have a choice between taking the box, or a cash grant, currently set at 140 euros, but 95% opt for the box as it's worth much more.
(Source: BBC)

Almost one million people are living with Parkinson’s disease in the United Kingdom.

Days Out

On Holiday in Norfolk? Then you may wish to visit the National Trust Blickling Hall Estate. It is one of the most imposing and complete country estates in Norfolk, and offers you a glimpse into the lives of those who lived and worked above and below stairs.

The estate is a treasure trove of romantic buildings, beautiful gardens and landscaped parkland. Also you can listen out for the dying groans of Sir Henry Hobart who haunts Blickling after the wounds he received during a duel proved fatal, or witness Anne Boleyn’s unhappy ghost wandering the grounds which are sited on the medieval manor where she lived.

Disability friendly features are:

For further details visit: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/blickling-estate

In-House News

Potential clients have been visited in Bedfordshire and client monitoring visits have taken place in Norfolk.

A new post has commenced in Bedfordshire for an older couple needing support. Care Manager Is Jackie.

A new post has commenced in Lancashire for an older lady requiring total care. Care Manager is Colin.

Client Profile

Terri has Huntingdon’s Disease and had made her own arrangements for her care, but gaps were there that required further cover. Terri has high dependency care needs and cannot be left, so Able Community Care were asked if relief live-in care could be provided on a regular basis to ensure Terri has continuous cover. Able Community Care introduced the first live-in carer to Terri in 2006 and continues to do so. Since 2006, only two live–in carers have been introduced, so providing familiarity.

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