August 08, 2013 -- Able Newsflash No.385

Care News

A price comparison website is being created to help the NHS in England save millions of pounds in the way it purchases good and services.

It will include details of what NHS trusts are paying for everything from rubber gloves and stitches to new hips and building work. An example given in a review by the consultants Ernst and Young in 2012 advised that the price paid for the same box of medical forceps ranged from £13 to £23, while for blankets the costs differed from £47 to £120.

(Source: BBC News)

A free guide to hearing aids is being published to help people find the right device for them.

The Which? guide, launched with the charity Action on Hearing Loss, covers steps from having hearing checked by an audiologist, to choosing a hearing aid and what to do if there are problems once it has been fitted.

Action on Hearing Loss believes four million Britons could benefit from a hearing aid but have either not been checked or have not taken steps towards getting an aid.

The new guide - How to get the best hearing aid - is available free at

(Source: Nursing Times)

All employers will have to provide workers with a workplace pension scheme by law over the next few years. Able Community Care has been notified that this will come into being for our PAYE Live-in Carers from April 2015.

Throughout the country as care homes, nursing homes, domiciliary agencies are advised that their pension scheme has to be put into operation, the cost of care services will undoubtedly increase.

Question of the Week

"When my husband was disabled we had our property converted to be completely accessible for him. This included the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, doorways, etc. My husband has since died and I would like to sell the property. Is there a specialised estate agent that I can contact or can you direct me on to an organisation for further information?"

Answer : The Little House Company at find, buy, sell or rent accessible homes that have been built, adapted or modified for wheelchair users. You can email them via the above website or telephone to: 020 3633 2151.

Summer Days

The Sir Walter Scott Steamship will turn you back to Victorian times and will enable you to view the stunning scenery of Loch Katrine in Scotland and it’s surrounding mountain peaks as you cruise the loch.

The ship is located about an hour from Glasgow and plies the same route as it has done for over 100 years.

The car park to access the ship has 7 disabled parking places, a separate toilet block and a bistro for snacks and drinks which is accessed by a lift and also has an accessible toilet. The journey to the gangplank is level apart from a 6cm step on and off and the steamship deck is level. There is also an accessible toilet on board the ship.

The trip operates between late June and late September. For further details visit

In-House News

Potential clients have been visited in Hampshire, Derbyshire, Devon* and The Channel Islands*.

Two courses have been attended by managers this week based on End of Life Care.

Monitoring visit has been carried out in Greater Manchester.

A potential live-in carer was interviewed in Hampshire and one live-in carer was placed on our Register.

* Both as a result of recommendation.

Interesting Information

Since the law to wear seat belts in the front was introduced in 1983, front seat belts are estimated to have saved over 50 thousand lives in Great Britain.

At 31 March 2012, there were 169 patients on the active heart transplant list, 216 on the lung list and 16 on the heart/lung list

Client Profile

Norman has MS and is cared for by his wife with support from an hourly care agency. In 2007 the family came to Able Community Care to ask if we would provide respite care for Norman’s wife to have breaks and would we be happy to work with the hourly support company. We were happy to do so and since then we have been providing respite cover for Norman which has been provided by a total of 3 Live-in Carers only.

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Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Director
Able Community Care Ltd.
Telephone 01603 764567