October 17, 2013 -- Able Newsflash No.395

Care News

More than half of all carers of people with dementia have not had information about medicines management, incontinence or legal issues such as Lasting Power of Attorney, new research has found.The findings, in a study from the University of York and Firefly Research and Evaluation commissioned by the Carers Trust, also revealed 52% of carers had had difficulties obtaining a diagnosis for the person for whom they cared, and only 51% had been given the chance to talk separately about how much care they felt able to provide. In addition 68% of the 325 carers questioned had not had training or advice on dealing with the agitated behaviours that develop in the later stages of the illness.

(Source: Community Care)


Skills for Care's latest 'Size and structure of the adult social care sector and workforce' report found the number of jobs across the sector has grown by 4% to 1.63 million.

The report published today revealed around 1.5 million people were doing those jobs working for 17,000 organisations who provide care and support in around 39,000 different establishments in communities across England.

It is estimated that 72% of all jobs in the sector are provided by the independent sector, 14% by direct payments recipients 9% by local authorities and 5% by the NHS

The report mainly uses data from the National Minimum Data Set for Social Care also shows that there are around 193,000 adults, older people and carers who are receiving direct payments from council social services departments with an estimated 100,000 people employing their own staff.

To download 'The size and structure of the adult social care sector and workforce in England, 2013' report go to: www.skillsforcare.org.uk/sizeandstructure2013


Elderly parents in China can now sue their grown children for both financial and emotional support.

The changes in the law in China reflect an increasingly urgent dilemma across the world: As populations age faster than ever before, families and governments are struggling to decide who will protect and provide for the old. Too often, the answer is nobody.

A handful of countries, such as China, India, France and Ukraine, require adult children to financially support their parents. Similar laws are in place in 29 U.S. states, Puerto Rico and most of Canada, but they are rarely enforced because government aid helps support the old. In Singapore, adult children who do not give their parents an allowance can face six months in jail.

More than 1,000 parents in China have sued their children for financial support over the last 15 years. But the law now goes further to require that adult children regularly visit their parents. Employers are required to give workers time off to do so, although that provision may be hard to enforce.

Question of the Week

"A relative has a terminal illness and the family would like to make the last few months as full as possible. Would it be possible therefore to obtain a Blue Badge parking ticket in these circumstances and can we get it quickly?"

Answer : For applicants with a terminal illness the process can be fast tracked. You would need a letter from the person’s GP or a Macmillan Nurse to confirm the diagnosis to send in with the application form.

Winter Tip

In wet weather steps can become slippery. This is usually due to the growth of algae and lichens. To make the steps safer, apply Jeyes Fluid to the steps using a watering can, leave for three weeks and then clean again. This should kill the lichens and algae.

In wet weather wear shoes with non slip soles and move carefully and slowly when using outside steps.

In-House News

Prospective clients have been visited in Norfolk.

A monitoring visit took place in Suffolk.

New posts have commenced in:

Interesting Information

In 2012 it was estimated that there are 1,050,000,000 disabled people in the world. 80% live in developing countries.
(Source: WHO)


1763 the first successful appendectomy was performed.

1842 was the first year ether was used as a general anaesthetic.

Client Profile

Enid lives in a small, rural town and in 2009 decided that to remain in her own home with her dog Ellie she required some help and support. Her first live-in carer was introduced to Enid and Ellie in 2009 and is still on her roster of regular care staff.

Enid is now in her 90’s, less able than in 2009 but has the support of her local surgery and aids and equipment are provided as Enid requires them. Enid’s live-in carers take Ellie for her daily walk.


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