January 23, 2014 -- Able Newsflash No.408

Care News

BBC Newsreader Sally Magnusson has published a book entitled "Where Memories Go: Why Dementia Changes Everything".

Sally's Mother was diagnosed with dementia in 2009 and died in 2012. The book chronicles her experiences and the agony’s suffered watching her Mother’s journey with the disease.

Leicester City Council is seeking foster carers for elderly people.

Families will be asked if they will take an elderly person into their home and they will be paid £224.00pw. Any modifications to the home which are necessary will be paid for by the Council.

(BBC: News Leicester)

The Institute of Advanced Motorists has found that a person’s driving prowess should be based on their ability to drive not on their age. The charity found that usually older drivers drove at safer speeds and left greater space between them and other vehicles. Only 5% of drivers over the age of 65 have points on their licence.

There are over 7 million drivers in the UK over the age of 65 which equates to 19% of all drivers. 195 people over 100 years are still driving.

Age UK have published a guide entitled "Driving Seat" which gives information about renewing a licence, declaring health conditions, etc. and can be downloaded from their website here: www.ageuk.org.uk/documents/en-gb/information-guides/ageukig44_in_the_driving_seat_inf.pdf

Question of the Week

"I have had a mastectomy. Is the clothing that I purchase as a result, VAT free?"

Answer : Yes, there is no VAT charged on specialist clothing items or mastectomy breast forms that are supplied to an individual for their own use.

For further details refer to: HMRC VAT notice 701/7

Winter Tip

Although the weather may be cold it does not deter bogus callers and rogue traders. Sometimes the fact that the weather is wet or snowy makes a bogus caller advising that a roof or path is dangerous more plausible.

The most common reasons given by bogus callers are:

Always keep your door on a chain, have a spy hole fitted, always ask for ID, have a sticker on your door saying that you do not deal with unannounced callers and make sure that if children are visiting the home, they also are made aware that the person/s at the door may not be genuine.

In-House News

Potential clients have been visited in South Wales and in Devon.

Monitoring visits have taken place in Norfolk and Greater Manchester.

A new post has commenced in Lancashire for a gentleman in his 70’s who requires support as a result of his epilepsy. Care Manager is Julie and the weekly wage is £550.00 inc.

Interesting Information

By 2030, two-thirds of the world‘s population will be residing in cities; by that time the major urban areas of the developed world will have 25 per cent or more of their population people aged 60 and over.
(Source: The Longevity Centre-UK)

"You don’t get older, you get better."
Shirley Bassey.

"I can only assumer that it is largely due to the accumulation of toasts to my health over the years that I am still enjoying a fairly satisfactory state of health and have reached such an unexpectedly great age."
The Duke of Edinburgh at the age of 80.

Client Profile

Evelyn is aged 93 years and in 2006 she came to Able Community Care for a live-in, short term care package to aid her recovery after surgery. Two years later Evelyn decided that she would like to have a live-in care package on a continuous basis.

Evelyn is a lady of order and likes her routines to be kept to. Food is one of her pleasures, in the way it is cooked and presented.

Evelyn has several live-in carers who return to her, the first one of whom joined her rota in 2010.

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