November 28, 2013 -- Able Newsflash No.401

Care News

Hospitals in England are to be made to publish monthly details of whether they have enough nurses on their wards. From April, patients will be able to see the numbers on a new national safety website.

There will be no national minimum staffing standard, but it is likely to include recommended nurse-to-patient ratios for different types of ward. It forms part of the government's response to the public inquiry into the Stafford Hospital scandal.

(Source: BBC News)


Carers UK want to reach more carers and the organisation has produced postcards which tell people how they can access support when looking after someone. They would like help to reach more carers and would like more public places to have some cards so that people can pick them up. You can receive a supply of cards by going to their website and providing your details. Web site: www.carersuk.org/get-involved/join-carers-uk/help-us-spread-the-word


Pelican crossing times should be lengthened to protect slow-walking pensioners. The charity Living Streets is calling for the ‘green man' sign to last an extra three seconds.


Text Santa 2013 - Text Santa, ITV’s annual charity fundraiser, is coming back in December 2013 to raise money and awareness for another six UK based charities - Age UK, Barnardo's, BeatBullying, British Heart Foundation, Clic Sargent and Help the Hospices. The appeal has raised nearly £10 million for charities since it started in 2011.

Question of the Week

"I have a young disabled friend who loves the world of football and other sports. Do you know of any organisation/association/charity that exists for a supporter who cannot actually participate but wants to be a part of the social activities?"

Answer : One organisation I know of is called Level Playing Field and is a registered charity in England and Wales. LPF acts as a campaigning and advisory organisation to its membership and other parties across all sports. However you will also find information on disabled fans facilities at clubs and stadia, along with useful football, disability and access reports, guides, good practice documents and general disabled supporter information. You'll also find the latest news items and a back catalogue of the Level Playing Field e-newsletters and you can sign up to receive regular copies. Their web site is at: www.levelplayingfield.org.uk

Winter Tip

Wheat bags are used by many older people to provide heat to areas of their body. They are heated in a microwave and relatively simple to use. However if not used properly or the instructions that come with the bag are not adhered to then fires can occur. The following safety advice comes from the Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service:

In-House News

Three clients were visited in Norfolk.

Three carers were accepted onto our register.

A Regional Business Development Manager gave a presentation to a firm of Solicitors in Southampton.

Interesting Information

Around 90% of prescriptions in England are currently dispensed free of charge. Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have scrapped all prescription charges.

Client Profile

Grace and her husband have spent over 65 years together and wished to stay together in their own home. Grace is frail with poor mobility and Ken, is unable to walk without help. They have a private live-in carer who works alternate weeks and requested a live-in care worker from Able Community Care to ensure continuous cover. Grace and Ken now enjoy a regular roster of one live-in care worker engaged privately and a returning live-in care worker from Able Community Care.


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