March 13, 2014 -- Able Newsflash No.415

Care News

A Statement on the Future of the Independent Living Fund has been published.

This is a long report and can be viewed at:

Go to the News section for the report.

The government is preparing to help Trading Standards tackle 'copycat' websites that charge people to fill out official forms.

Citizens Advice has revealed it advises people on 1,700 cases of these rogue traders a year. Gillian Guy, Chief Executive of Citizens Advice, said:“People are one click away from being ripped off for a service they can do themselves for free."

Citizens Advice is helping with around 1,700 issues with copycat websites a year. Firms are cashing-in on people’s need to submit official forms, like tax returns and passport applications. To avoid these opportunistic firms people can go directly to for applications. Source: CAB

AFTAID - Aid for the Aged in Distress, gives financial relief to older people who, because of ineligibility or, who are receiving partial funding through statutory or voluntary services, fall through the 'safety net'.

It makes emergency grants for bedding, cookers and other white goods, furnishings, heating and essential home repairs as well as other items that may make an older person's life more comfortable in the familiar surrounding s of their home. Contributions are made towards more expensive items e.g. a walk-in shower, motorised scooter (EPV), or perhaps a stair lift. Applications are also considered towards the cost of a respite holiday for an elderly carer.

Question of the Week

"My Mother and Father may well need care in the next couple of years and I want to know how it is to be paid for. They have some investments, an income and a property but I do not seem able to find anyone who can tell me what they will have to pay towards any care they may need. Where can I go for help?"

Answer : Who pays for care when it is needed is not a subject for which there is a simple answer. The funding and payment for care is complex depending on individual circumstances with reference to the care needed, the financial status of the person who needs care, etc.

For a total over view of ‘who pays for care’ take a look at the following web

This is though not individual specific but does give a good guidance and is helpful

Tip of the Week

This is the time of the year when gardens start to look beautiful and a social hobby is to visit some of them. Taking a wheelchair can be a bit of a hit and miss project as unless you are familiar with the venue, you can find it is not necessarily wheelchair friendly when you arrive.

Accessible Gardens is the name of a web site with a directory which will solve such a problem. Their directory provides a map and an A to Z index of the gardens reviewed by Accessible Gardens themselves.

In-House News

As a result of office fund raising a cheque has been sent to AgeUK Suffolk for £247.60.

I attended and presented at The Neuro-rehabilitation Conference Berkshire on 6th March. The title of the presentation was: Fears: Are Budgets Sufficiently Well Managed and Appropriate?

Prospective clients have been visited in South Wales, Norfolk and Suffolk.

A client review was held in Hertfordshire and Manual Handling training has taken place with reference to a specific client.

A monitoring visit has taken place in Norfolk.

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Interesting Information

Lloyds Pharmacy and Carers UK have produced a leaflet, available in their pharmacies titled: Caring for Carers - looking after you now.

The leaflet, published to give carers support, gives information on sources of help and how to manage medications safely.

In addition carers UK have published Carers Rights Guide 2013-2014 which has sections which include: benefits, other financial help, Practical help, Technology, Your Workplace, Other Help and how to join Carers UK.

You can obtain a printed version by calling 029 2081 1370 or download a copy at:

Epilepsy Action is a leading representative organisation for epilepsy in the UK, with around 16,000 members. Epilepsy Action helps over 845,000 people every year through its range of services including its advice and information service, branch network and Sapphire Nurse scheme. The organisation's website receives over 75,000 visitors a month. Epilepsy Helpline (Free phone 0808 800 5050) is available Monday-Friday 9.00 am-4.30 pm (4.00 pm on Fridays).

Client Profile

In 2010, Neil and his wife realised that because of Neil having MS, a live-in care worker service should be engaged. Able Community Care was chosen.

The arrangements surrounding personal and domestic care tasks were worked out between Neil’s wife and the live-in care workers satisfactorily.

Neil has now become less able and additional help comes in three times a day and there is DN support.

The first care worker in 2010 is still Neil’s main carer and his second regular carer currently, began in April 2013.

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