January 03, 2008 -- Able Newsflash No.99

Care News

BUPA has completed the acquisition of the Amity Group in Australia and Guardian Health in New Zealand.

Between the two companies BUPA has acquired 96 care homes and 7000 aged care beds.

In Europe, BUPA already has 21,000 beds in UK care homes and 4300 beds in 43 care homes in Spain.


In Scotland in the summer of 2008 it is estimated that there will be 1,382 junior doctors who have trained in Scotland chasing 1,279 vacancies in the NHS. This will be in the face of stiff competition from colleagues from England and overseas who are also allowed to apply for jobs in Scotland.

It costs the taxpayer �250,000 to put a person through medical school and there is a fear that junior doctors who do not get jobs may quit medicine altogether.
(Source: Scotland on Sunday 16th Dec. 2007)


Ambition24hours has opened its fifteenth branch in the UK. The agency which supplies nurses and care assistants to residential care homes also offers care to private clients in their own homes.

In-House News

Potential new clients have been visited in Cornwall and Norwich.

Reviews and carer monitoring visits have taken place in Suffolk and Bedford.

A new post has been started in Lancashire. An older lady suffering with dementia. Salary �587.00pw inc. Care Manager Nick on 01603 281915 Able Community Care maintained continuous cover to its clients throughout the Christmas and New Year periods. During these periods the "on call" Care Managers dealt with some emergencies where replacement carers had to be found.

Interesting Information

A Caremark franchise is up for sale in Greater London. The asking price is �29,500 and further information can be obtained from www.uk.businessesforsale.com/uk

One in twelve cars in the UK is driven by a person who has a disabled parking badge.

Question asked of Able Community Care in 2006:

"I have swollen feet and I find it difficult to obtain comfortable and appropriate shoes. Do you know of any companies which manufacture footwear that may be suitable?"

Answer : There are several companies which do make a range of footwear for swollen feet but I think the best place to start is to contact The Clothing and Footwear Advisory Service. They are based at The Disabled Living Foundation, 380-384 Harrow Road, London. Tel. 020 7289 6111.

Not only can they advise you of manufacturers but they offer advice and guidance on choosing footwear for swollen feet, how to help your swollen feet on a daily basis and general helpful tips. If you have access to the internet you may wish to visit their web site at http://www.dlf.org.uk

We hope you have enjoyed reading this and "see you next week".

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.