August 22, 2013 -- Able Newsflash No.387

Care News

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation process with reference to the Independent Living Fund. The consultation parameters make clear that:

"The Scottish Government’s intention that current recipients should not have their existing funding taken away, unless their personal circumstances change and they become ineligible. We will therefore seek to implement a scheme which will enable current recipients to continue to receive the same award as they would have had, had the Fund not been abolished, for so long as they continue to meet the eligibility criteria which gave them access to the Fund. Our ability to support such a scheme is subject to sufficient levels of funding being devolved from the UK Government to the Scottish Government for this purpose. The consequence of this fundamental decision is to give current recipients reassurance."

(Source: The Learning Disability Alliance Scotland)

Many of us will have bought DIY items from Screwfix and may like to know that the organisation has set up The Screwfix Foundation. This is a charity set up with the purpose of raising funds to support projects that will fix, maintain and improve properties and community facilities specifically for those in need. Local charities can be helped on a case by case basis and an application form can be downloaded from their website:

Money for the projects will be raised by customers donating via Pennies, the electronic charity box where you can round up your bill to the nearest pound, via collection boxes in the stores and fundraising events.

Question of the Week

"I often hear about people taking part in health trials and research, how can I find out more about them and possibly volunteer?"

Answer : There are a large number of health care trials and research programs run by organisations such as The National Institute for Health Research, The Medical Research Council, The Dept. of Health, other medical research charities and pharmaceutical and healthcare companies. You could look up these organisations for more information or you could ask your own GP to find out if there are any trials local to where you live. If you visit the UK Clinical Trials Gateway at it gives easy to understand information about clinical research trials running in the UK.

Summer Days

Get a bird’s eye view of London from The London Eye. The 30 minute ‘flight’ will show you views of London that are unparalleled. The pods are fully accessible and can be slowed or stopped for easier ACCESS. If you are in a wheelchair it is advisable to ring and pre-book as capacity is limited. (Tel. 0870 990 8886).

For disabled visitors enter the ticket office via the side entrance into the County Hall ticket office where there is a dedicated ticket desk. For people who find queuing a problem there is a Fast-Track service.

Further information can be found at:

In-House News

A potential client was visited in Lincolnshire.

Two staff members visited a pre-commencement care package meeting in Greater Manchester.

Monitoring visit took place in Norfolk.

Our Area Manager in the South West was unexpectedly called upon to give CPR to an older lady. Supported by telephone from the Ambulance Service phone operator, she was able, after 20 minutes to hand over to the paramedics. The lady in question is now in hospital.

New posts have commenced in:

Interesting Information

NHS Sick Days - Last year's figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre advise that:For all of the 1.05 million full time NHS staff in England the average time off sick was 9.5 days.

Until 1913 children in America could legally be sent by parcel post.

In Japan only 2% of adoptions are of children; 98% are adult males age 25 to 30.

Client Profile

Queenie had lived in her home for 30 years and had no desire to leave. Sadly she had a stroke and although her family was close by and wished to offer as much support as they could, they could not maintain the care cover 365 days a year. In 2011 it was decided to share the care with Able Community Care. Queenie now has alternate, regular periods of care from a live-in carer from Able Community care and support from her family. Queenie's existing regular carer was introduced in October 2011 and has been in-situ since that date.

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