November 07, 2013 -- Able Newsflash No.398

Care News

A SHAKE-UP in home care funding will leave dozens of small domiciliary care firms facing closure, according to a concerned manager. Lancashire County Council wants to cut costs by reducing the number of agencies providing publicly-funded domiciliary care.

Why 'bags for life' could be carrying germs

In the past few years shoppers have been encouraged to switch their disposable plastic bags for so-called "bags for life" - in order to help the environment.

But health experts have now warned that using the same bag to carry raw meat and soil-covered vegetables increases the risk of food poisoning.

Hugh Pennington, emeritus professor of bacteriology at Aberdeen University, warned that even meat which is wrapped in plastic could harbour harmful bugs.

The professor told BBC Radio 5 Live's Drive: "Washing the bag is not a very good idea - you can't be certain you've got rid of all the bugs. For any bag that's has raw meat in it, I would recommend that bag is disposed of."

PIP enhanced rate mobility

After consultation; the government has decided (in a 62 page response) that it is keeping the stricter rules to qualify for the enhanced rate of the mobility component. Descriptor 2 will require a client only to be able to walk 20 metres as a maximum to qualify.

Question of the Week

"I have a young grandson with learning difficulties whom I look after on a fairly regular basis. I like to try and do things with him and recently we have been cooking simple cakes and tarts. Can you recommend a cookery book which has simple recipes, simple instructions, perhaps written for people with learning disabilities, that I can buy him as a present and then we cook from it?"

Answer : There are several such cookery books on the market but you may like to look at a cookery book which has been created with help from people with learning disabilities by South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. The books, of which there are four, are titled ‘The Cook and Eat’ cook books and were launched a few weeks ago. In addition to baking the books cover recipes for lunch and evening meal times.

More information about ‘Cook and Eat’ can be found at and are priced at £10.00 each.

Winter Tip

As Christmas approaches many people’s thought are directed towards charitable causes. It may be charity Christmas cards, collectors in the street, carol singers, etc.

One point to bear in mind however is that reputable charities never request money in an email. So if you receive an email asking for a donation, directing you to a web site which then requires your personal and bank details, beware, it will be a scam.

In-House News

Prospective clients have been visited in Kent and Norfolk.

Client review visits have taken place in Greater Manchester.

Interesting Information

A free NHS Service is available in Boots the Chemists called the New Medicine Service (NMS). If you have been given a new medication for the following conditions:The NMS will help you to find out more about the medicine you are taking, sort out any problems for you, answer any questions you may have, help you make your own decisions about managing your medication and finding the easier and most effective way for you to take your medication.

The way it works is that when you get a new medicine dispensed by your pharmacist you will be asked to sign up for the new service.

Your pharmacist will then ask you to come in for a chat 7 to 14 days later to see how the medication is working for you. It will then be possible to have a further chat 14 to 21 days later.

For further details of the New Medicine Service go to:

New York authorities vote to raise the minimum age for buying cigarettes from 18 to 21.

Client Profile

Yvonne in 2012 was in her nineties and as a result of her dementia required care and constant supervision. Her husband provided her care and the supervision to keep her safe. Sadly, he died and her family wished her to remain in her own home and a live-in carer package was arranged through Able Community Care in 2012.

Yvonne has three regular, live-in carers on her roster all of whom were first introduced to her in 2012.

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