June 20, 2013 -- Able Newsflash No.378
One in six pensioners over the age of 75 years now receives free television licences and the current cost to the tax payer is £600 million.
Norman Lamb MP, Secretary of State for Care and Support, said he was considering reintroducing CQC assessments of council adult social services, which were scrapped by the Coalition Government in 2010.
Age UK has revealed that 250,000 people aged 65+ in England are treated in hospital as the result of a fall every year. The figures have been announced to mark the start of Age UK’s Falls Awareness Week 2013 (17-21 June), which aims to raise awareness of the things that people can do to help prevent the devastating consequences of a fall in later life.
Question of the Week
"I am disabled and, having attended many IT college courses, I think I would be able to start a small business and become self employed. Are there any organisations that I could approach for help?"
Answer : From the beginning of 2013 disabled entrepreneurs have been able to get extra support to start up their own business.
The Access to Work scheme will pay for specialised equipment, support workers and travel costs when setting up a business or when choosing to work in other employment.
You can access Access to Work and the benefits above when you enrol on the New Enterprise Allowance (NEA). The NEA provides expert coaching and financial support for jobseekers with a business idea.
There are eligibility criteria - to be eligible for the programme a person must:
For further details visit www.gov.uk/access-to-work.
- Have a disability or health condition that stops them from being able to do parts of the job.
- Have work-related costs because of the disability or health condition.
- Be 16 or over; and
- in a paid job; or
- unemployed and about to start a job; or
- unemployed and about to start a Jobcentre Plus Work Trial; or
Interesting Information / Statistics
The tooth is the only part of the human body that can’t repair itself.
An estimated 300 million people died from smallpox in the 20th century. This virulent disease, which kills a third of those it infects, is known to have co-existed with human beings for thousands of years. The last known case in the UK was in 1978 in Birmingham.
In the Rough Guide to Accessible Britain one of the tourist spots which gets five stars, as rated by people who have visited, is Leeds Castle.
Leeds Castle, set on two islands on the River Len in the heart of Kent in England, has been fortified for more than 900 years first having been built in 1119AD.
There are lots of other things to see and do once at the castle and if you visit the accessibility page on the Leeds Castle website there is a comprehensive information list.
- A free, fully accessible mobility bus runs throughout the day from near the ticket office entrance.
- Fully accessible toilets for wheelchair users can be found throughout the grounds, at the main entrance, next to the Castle Shop, by the Fairfax Courtyard and near the Knight's Realm Playground.
- The car park has hard standing spaces reserved for visitors with disabilities. The maximum distance from the car park to the fully accessible mobility service is approximately 100 meters.
- The castle is accessible for the majority of visitors via the main front door where there is a ramp. As Leeds Castle is an ancient building, there are some restrictions. Visitors should be aware that there are approximately 45 meters of cobblestones across the drawbridge on to the Castle Island. Fire safety rules allow a maximum of two wheelchairs inside the castle at any one time.
A prospective client has been visited in Cheshire and monitoring visits have taken place in Norfolk.
A Care Manager has attended a ‘Root Cause Analysis’ course in Norfolk.
A new post has commenced for an elderly lady who requires after stroke care. Care Manager is Jackie and weekly wage is £520 inc.
One new live-in carer has joined our register this week and further live-in carer interviews are being held in Yorkshire in July.
I have presented at a conference in Melbourne for ‘Younger People with Complex Care Needs’ and been a guest speaker at several other home care events in Queensland.
Michael has Cerebral Palsy and in 2008 he already had a live-in care system in place but this was not continuous. Able Community Care were asked if they could slot in as part of the existing team. The live-in carer we introduced to Michael in February 2008 is still his regular carer from Able Community Care. Through his live-in care system Michael, now in his middle twenties, can follow his favourite football club, maintain his interest in boxing and has been enabled to attend college.
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Angela Gifford, Director
Able Community Care Ltd.