September 25, 2014 -- Able Newsflash No.443

Care News

Would you give your home away in exchange for care?

This is part of the article printed in The Telegraph on 15th September 2014:

"Would you swap your home in return for the help you need to carry on living in it? Many people do this – and have done for years – under an arrangement known as the “gifted housing service”, overseen by the giant charity Age UK.

The fact this service exists is a grim sign of how complicated and inadequate care funding in Britain has become.

Here’s how it works. Under a legal arrangement – not, importantly, a regulated financial one, like a mortgage or equity release arrangement – home owners sign away their property to Age UK.

The charity undertakes a valuation of the property and gets a medical report on the owner’s health. Most people who do this are in their 70s or 80s.

In exchange, the home owners are allowed to live on in their property, with the charity footing the bills for council tax, water, insurance and maintenance. It also promises to meet the costs of “repairs, maintenance and decoration of the structure”."

Source: Telegraph.co.uk


This is taken from Age UK, Later Life in The UK, September 2014 Malnutrition:

All figures using accepted BAPEN/NICE/WHO definitions “under 20 BMI, loss of appetite and/or unexplained weight loss”.


A survey of 5,000 people aged 60 and over carried out by Age Concern Research on behalf of RNIB shows that almost half of the population in this age group (47 per cent) do not have annual eye tests.

The survey highlights three key barriers to eye tests;

Question of the Week

"I used to be given a dental check up every six months but my dentist says that it is no longer necessary. Is this correct?"

Answer : Yes, It used to be recommended that people see their dentist for a check-up every six months, but the national guidelines changed in 2004.

Adults are recommended to have a check-up at least once every two years, and children at least once a year. However, your dentist will recommend how often you should see them, based on your current dental health.

Autumn Tip of the Week

Prevent Carbon Monoxide Exposure - Make arrangements to have heating systems, water heaters and any other gas, oil or coal burning appliances checked by a qualified technician. It could save a life.

In-House News

Potential clients were visited in Nottinghamshire, South Wales and Surrey

A care review was carried out in Avon.

Four potential live-in care workers were interviewed and four new live-in care workers placed on the Register.

An Open Day for potential new live-in care workers is on October 2nd. Call for more details on 01603 764567

Interesting Information/Statistics

1.3 million people living in the UK have had a stroke – 650,000 men and 650,000 women. Almost half of these people are under the age of 75.

Playing darts burns 102 calories per hour, general tennis 408 calories per hour and wheelchair basketball 374 calories per hour.

Client Profile of the Week

Nell is age 80 and has been a very active person in both her professional and social life.

Thought frail, her main interests now revolve around her family and friends and their activities.

Needing support to keep as independent as possible, Nell and her family decided a live-in care package would be their first choice.

Nell’s first live-in care worker was introduced to her three weeks ago, their relationship was happily compatible and a return booking is already in place.


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