August 15, 2013 -- Able Newsflash No.386

Care News

Carbon monoxide alarms are to be made compulsory under new Scottish legislation aimed at preventing deaths caused by the gas.

A change in building regulations from October will mean that alarms are fitted when new or replacement boilers are fitted, fires and stoves installed in homes, hotels, care homes and guest houses. For any newly built properties building firms will have to install them.

Figures show that 50 people per year die from carbon monoxide poisoning in the UK and in addition around 4000 people become accident and emergency admissions.


The two largest representative bodies for care providers, the English Community Care Association (ECCA) and the National Care Association (NCA), are to merge. The merged organisation, which will be known as Care England, will launch on 1 January 2014, and would have a combined membership of about 7,500 services on current numbers.


People concerned they might have HIV will soon be able to find out whether or not they are infected in the comfort of their own homes, officials are to announce.

Under the HIV Testing Kits and Services Regulations 1992, it is currently illegal to sell kits which offer on-the-spot HIV results in the UK.

But officials plan to change the law so people can perform a saliva test at home to quickly give a result.

A record number of people in the UK are living with HIV, according to the Health Protection Agency.

The number of people with the virus in November 2012 was nearly 100,000.

(Source: Sky News)

Question of the Week

"Do cruises ships provide mobility scooters for disabled passengers if not do you know if it is possible to hire one that can be delivered and collected at the dockside?"

Answer : I am not aware of a cruising line that provides mobility equipment but there is a company which can meet your requirements.

Mobility at Sea is a company which can deliver mobility scooters to all major docks and ships meeting you at the dockside and if you wish, delivering a scooter to your cabin.

The telephone number is 0800 328 1699 or 0238 065 8642. Their website is: www.mobilityatsea.co.uk

Summer Days

Fancy a sail? If so, Sailability in Rutland may be the place to head for. The sailing club has 23 boats and they claim never to have turned any person away due to a disability. Parking is good and there is an electric card to transfer from car park to jetty. The jetty itself has four hoists and plenty of specialist sailing kit. Changing rooms are accessible, there are multiple wet rooms, shower chairs and ceiling hoists. There is a café and a bar in the club room both of which are accessible. On the site there is also adapted, residential accommodation.

Contact details: www.rutland-sailability.org.

In-House News

Potential client visits were made to Hertfordshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire.

3 Live-in carers were placed on our Register.

A presentation was made to a branch of Rotary in Norfolk.

Please accept our apologies for any one who was unable to contact us last Friday. A total IT and phone shutdown was the reason. This situation was remedied over the weekend and Monday morning.

I have accepted an invitation to speak in December at the conference "Applying Consumer Directed Care" in Melbourne, Australia.

Interesting Information

Papworth Trust disability facts and figures 2010.

Client Profile

Thelma and her husband came to Able Community Care in 2005 because they wished to remain living together in their own home. Both Thelma and her husband needed care and support.

Sadly Thelma’s husband died in 2011 but we still continue to care for Thelma who is now aged 95.

The first carer introduced to their home in 2005 is still one of two live-in carers on Thelma’s rota. The second live-in carer was introduced in January 2012.


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