July 24, 2014 -- Able Newsflash No.434

Care News

A system of special measures designed to improve failing hospitals in England is to be extended to care homes, the government has announced. The process was introduced by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) a year ago at 11 failing trusts. Most have since made progress - although only five have been or are being taken out of special measures.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the scheme would be introduced for care homes and home-care agencies next year.

25,000 services would be covered and could lead to the closure of those that fail to improve.

(Source: BBC)


Age UK Factsheet Number 61 is out this month and covers; Help with Health Costs (England).

This factsheet covers NHS services that are free to everyone aged 60 and over and those that are free if you receive Pension Credit Guarantee Credit. It also explains the NHS Low Income Scheme under which you may be eligible for full or partial help with health costs and, in some circumstances, travel to receive NHS treatment. The information in this factsheet is correct for the period April 2014 – March 2015.

This factsheet describes the situation in England. Different rules apply in Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland.


A report entitled "Independent Living Strategy: A Review of Progress", has been published. It can be downloaded from disabilityrightsuk.org/news/2014/july/independent-living-strategy-review-progress

The following are some of the findings:

Question of the Week

"I wish to encourage a disabled friend who used to be a keen bird watcher before his illness into resuming his hobby. Where can I get some information for him about accessibility to nature reserves, possible accommodation, etc.?"

Answer : The charity Birding for All is an organisation that has free membership and is full of information for both disabled and non-disabled people who have an interest in bird watching. On their web site you can look at the facilities at reserves, nearby accommodation, tour operators, read news and reviews and also contribute information of your own which you feel may be of help to other disabled birdwatchers. Their web site is www.birdingforall.com

Summer Tip of the Week

The Bradley Timepiece is a watch designed for blind people and named after a Paralympian gold medallist who lost his sight in Afghanistan.

The watch has a stark, circular titanium face. There are no hands. There are no numbers. Around a groove in the centre a ball-bearing rotates to mark the minutes. Around the edge of the watch, another ball bearing rotates to tell the hours.

The watch can be purchased from www.eone-time.com and the cost is approx. £115.00 which includes shipping.

In-House News

Potential clients were visited in Norfolk, Suffolk, Lincolnshire and Sussex. Client care review took place in Norfolk.

A new post has commenced in Cornwall for an older lady with the onset of dementia. Care Manager is Colin.

2 new live-in care workers were placed on the Register this week.

An office ‘bring and buy’ raised £67.70 for Spinal Injury Research this week.

An article entitled "Caring for Older People in the Coming Decades" has been posted on the blog of our international site at http://goo.gl/9RPlkl (link shortened).

Interesting Information/Statistics

Hay fever affects between 15 to 20% of the population in the UK.

The Minoan civilization lived on the island of Crete from around 2,000 to 1,600 BC. They built drainage systems which took sewage and their toilets were flushed with water.

Client Profile of the Week

Helen is a lady in her 60’s with Korsakoff’s Syndrome. A strong, independent lady her needs are for a companion carer to work in with Helens wishes and enable her to be independent and safe. Helen's first care worker was introduced to her in 2013 and is a regular, rotational live-in carer, other familiar live-in carers return on a spaced, rota basis.


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