February 06, 2014 -- Able Newsflash No.410

Care News

The number of nurses working for acute trusts has risen dramatically in the past two months, suggesting a significant response to the Francis report’s criticism of low staffing levels. There were 172,300 full-time equivalent nurses working on NHS acute, elderly and general wards in Oct’13 but the number has risen sharply jumping by 1.9% since August 2013, when 169,049 full time equivalent nurses were employed.

(Source: Health Services Journal)


Last year 27% of care providers failed their CQC inspection and since 1st January 2014, 6 'negative' reports on inspected care homes can be found on the CQC website under Press and Media.


The Stroke Association know that many people struggle with daily living after a stroke. Although there are lots of services and products out there finding ones that might help can be difficult.

As a result the Stroke Association has created Equip Stroke in partnership with the Disability Living Foundation. It's an online guide to the aids and equipment that could help your life after stroke. It covers subjects such as health e.g. memory, vision, fatigue, Home e.g. the rooms in your home, the garden and Daily Living eg preparing meals, shopping and daily chores. To interact with this information visit the Stroke Association website at: www.stroke.org.uk/dailyliving

Question of the Week

"I am the only relative of an elderly aunt who is coming to the end of her life. I will be the one who will have to make all the arrangements at such time and I would welcome some advice as to what needs to be done."

Answer : The Bereavement Advice Centre has issued information which will be of help to you:

They have published a booklet entitled, "What to do when someone dies - A practical guide".

This can be downloaded from their web site using this link: www.bereavementadvice.org/uploads/DOC517A8B92ADAD0.pdf

The guide is 40 pages and is one that is used in hospitals, hospices and GP surgeries.

It includes a comprehensive checklist to help you remember who needs to be informed of the death and the booklet goes from the moment someone has died through all that needs to be done in the next few days and months

The format is A4 to be compatible with most home printers. However, if you would prefer an A5 (smaller) version please call them and one can be posted to you.

Winter Tip

Coal fires, like gas appliances produce carbon monoxide and chimney fires are increasing every year in the UK. To try and eliminate the risk of either of the above:

In-House News

Potential clients have been visited in Oxfordshire.

Client care reviews have taken place in South Wales.

Potential live-in care workers have been interviewed in South Wales.

Two new posts have commenced:

A presentation about Able Community Care was given to a firm of solicitors in Sussex.

We are planning to re-design our website, www.. If any reader of the Newsflash would like to tell us what they do or do not like about our current website we would be happy to hear from you.

Interesting Information

Lee Redmond, a woman from Utah who had not cut her nails since 1979, had grown and carefully manicured them to reach a total length of 8.65 m (28 ft 4.5 in), and was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's longest fingernails. Sadly, on February, 2009, she lost them in a car crash.


The medical name for pins and needles is paraesthesia.

Client Profile

Frederick was born in 1919 and in 2010 in order to remain living in his own home, Frederick required support as he is registered blind.

Living in a rural area Frederick was used to going out on his scooter but since 2010, a live-in carer has always accompanied him.

Though frail, Frederick requires support and assistance only with personal care, but requires his live-in carer to carry out all his domestic needs.

Currently there are three regular live-in carers on his rota, one who was introduced into his home in May 2010, one in June 2012 and the third carer in December 2013.


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