March 06, 2014 -- Able Newsflash No.414

Care News

Care Quality Commission (CQC)

During the month of February the CQC gave out the following information via Press Releases:

Immediate improvements are required of:
The Consumer organisation Which has launched a new service to help people locate care for elderly people. The web site is easy to use and can be found at:

Two thirds of applicants for new disability benefit the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) have been turned down, the first official government statistics reveal.

While over 99% of claims made for people with terminal illnesses were successful, figures reveal only 37% of standard PIP claims were granted a cash contribution towards the extra costs associated with a long-term health condition or disability.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has received on average 30,000 claims per month for PIP, which was introduced for new claims in April.
(Source: LocalGov)

Question of the Week

"My son is disabled and has his own vehicle. However, we are going on holiday as a family and as he wishes to drive, we will need not only a bigger vehicle but one that is adapted for his needs. Do you know of a car hire company which hires disability vehicles?"

Answer : take a look at the website of AVH, Adapted Vehicle Hire at:

The site has other information and lists itself as an online resource for the disabled motorist.

Tip of the Week

According to the most disability cities are:

In-House News

The results of our Customer Satisfaction Questionnaire are coming in and we will place the responses on our web site in due course.

One live-in care worker was interviewed this week and one additional care worker placed on our Register.

Office staff were given a training session on Fire Extinguishers.

Able Community Care’s company Twitter account has now been launched and if you would like to follow us please go to

Rewardingly, three requests for our live-in care worker information packs last week came as a result of recommendations.

Interesting Information

Average life expectancy in the 16th century was 35 years. In 2014 the average life expectancy in Chad is 49 years.

Coca Cola was originally intended as a medicine.

Client Profile

Fergus was diagnosed with MS in 1994 when he was in his early 30’s and in February of that year, Able Community Care began providing a live-in care worker package.

For the last twenty years we have provided a live-in care worker package to Fergus in his own home. During this long period Fergus has had several regular rosters of care workers and this continues.

The live-in care worker who is with Fergus as this profile is written was first introduced to him in 2005. The live-in care worker taking over at the end of this week was first introduced to Fergus in 2008.

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