July 11, 2013 -- Able Newsflash No.381

Care News

The 2001 guide ‘Health and Safety in Care Homes’ has been revised and updated and was out for consultation until 5th July. Although it is too late to reply if you wish to look at the document it can be found at: webcommunities.hse.gov.uk/connect.ti/carehomes/viewdocument?docId=478533


Boots have a free Asthma Support Service in their pharmacies.

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According to research carried out by Laing & Buisson on behalf of charity Age UK, 56,000 local authority funded older care home residents had to pay top-up fees in 2012-2013. This represents a rise of 4% from the previous year.

In total, 28% of residents who qualify for free care home places had to pay top up fees in 2012-2013.

Under the government’s current rules, anyone with savings and assets worth between £23,500 and £14,500 is entitled to state support for their care. People with savings and assets worth less than £14,500 are eligible to have all their care needs met by the state.

However, Laing & Buisson’s figures show that on average councils pay £480 a week per resident towards care costs, but this falls short of the “fair market range” fee of £528 to £623 per week.

Question of the Week

"I have just visited my Father (I live overseas) who had a stroke several months ago and his speech is affected making communication difficult. I would like to arrange for an independent speech therapist to work with him to see if it is possible for him to improve. Please could you advise me as to how I can locate one?"

Answer : You do not give me the area of the UK in which your Father lives so I cannot give you local details but you will be able to locate those practitioners in his area by visiting the web site: www.helpwithtalking.com which is the site of The Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice.

The site is simple to use, you just put your post code in for the information you want.

Interesting Information / Statistics

Elderly women are 40 per cent more likely to go into care homes than men, say researchers. Last year a report by the British Geriatric Society estimated that there were 376,250 elderly people living in care homes in England, of whom 75 percent were women.


Human saliva contains a painkiller, opiorphin, which is six times more powerful than morphine.

Sunny Days

I came across this hotel last week and thought I would pass the information on.

The Bond Hotel in Blackpool has been catering for guests with learning, mental and physical disabilities for over 20 years.

In addition to live cabaret evenings each night the hotel has:

Take a look at their web site at: www.bondhotel.co.uk

In-House News

Potential clients have been visited in Hampshire and in Wales.

Regular monitoring and ‘pop in’ visits have taken place in Greater Manchester.

Potential live-in carers have been interviewed in Hampshire, Norfolk, Wales and Yorkshire.

Client Profile

Helen, in her 70’s sustained a bad fall and as a result her short term memory is poor, she is liable to further falling and now in addition, Helen suffers with confusion and anxiety. Living alone, Helen had very little social life but wanted to make more contact with the outside world and also to remain living at home as she had two pet cats.

A live–in care service began for Helen in 2012 and she has three regular, returning carers on her rota.


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