December 05, 2013 -- Able Newsflash No.402

Care News

A free 24-hour dedicated helpline for older people across the UK has been launched by Esther Rantzen.

'The Silver Line' aims to combat loneliness in the over-65s by providing friendship, information and advice through calls to trained volunteers.

The number is 0800 470 80 90
The phone line is funded by a £5m grant from the Big Lottery Fund.

"Over 50,000 Disabled People Could Lose Jobs As Vital Support Is Cut"

So says a new report from the Disability Benefits Consortium, a group of over 50 charities for disabled people.

A Freedom of Information request they sent for indicates that a fifth of people who currently get Disability Living Allowance (DLA) are in work. Their survey of 1,000 disabled people showed that, of those in work, more than half said they would not be able to continue in employment without their DLA.

Steve Winyard, Co-chair of the DBC Steering Group said: “One in five disabled people use DLA to help them in work. But thousands could be forced out of employment as a result of cuts to mobility help. DWP has failed to analyse this issue to date. It is vital that cuts don’t force disabled people out of work and cost more to the public purse overall.”

For more on this,

Source: Information Breakthrough Issue 72

Another council, Cornwall County Council, has announced that it will review its charging policies for people who live in their own homes. The proposals are:

  1. To remove the maximum contribution ceiling of £250 per week
  2. All current services which are not charged for, such as day care, befriending and advocacy, become chargeable
  3. That Disability Related Benefits and Disability Related Expenditure are included with the financial assessment to determine how much an individual could contribute towards their care
  4. That the fully assessed charges be applied, rather than current rounding down.
  5. The financial assessment criteria for respite care can be amended to fit within the domiciliary care charging policy rather than it is currently, within the residential care charging arrangements.

Question of the Week

"I have a complaint against a person who works for the NHS. I wish to take it further but do not know who to go to for advice and possible assistance. Could you direct me to a person or organization to whom I can speak confidentially please?"

Answer : POhWER is one of the largest providers of advocacy services in the UK and England's largest provider of NHS Complaints Advocacy and they regularly work with people who feel they have been let down by the NHS and want to make a complaint.The charity is independent, free and is confidential.

You can make contact by phoning: 0300 456 2370
There is also a website for further information at:

Winter Tip

Forget the cold and grey December weather and think of your next spring or summer holiday:

Maison des Landes Hotel is on the lovely island of Jersey.

The hotel, owned by a charitable trust, provides holidays for people disabled physically, or in mind, by old age or infirmity, and their accompanying carers.

Daily excursions in the hotel's own minibuses take guests to places of interest and there is a large hydrotherapy pool. All meals are provided and special diets catered for. The hotel can supply a range of specialist equipment. All rooms have wheel-in showers/toilets and hoists.

For further details visit the web site:

In-House News

Three clients were visited in Norfolk.

A Norfolk and a Suffolk organization has asked us this week to present to their members our free talk titled ‘Community Care 1601 – 2013’.

Currently all our clients have cover in place for the Christmas and New Year periods.

Enquiries are now being received with reference to live – in care packages to commence in 2014

Interesting Information

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) promotes, protects and ensures the human rights for all people with disabilities.

So far, more than 150 countries and regional integration organisations have signed the Convention, and over 130 have ratified it.

HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria kill 6 million people every year; nearly 2 million deaths are caused by TB.

Client Profile

Sarah was in her early 90’s and was suffering regular falls.

It was her GP who suggested that either Sarah should consider a care home or a live-in care worker package. Sarah was appalled at both suggestions but after another fall decided to try a live-in care worker package as the least, unfavourable option.

That was in 2010 and since that time she has happily enjoyed the continuous support of two, regular, rotating live-in care workers

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