April 17, 2008 -- Able Newsflash No.114

Care News

A social worker was stabbed to death whilst on a house visit in Preston. A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Nestor Healthcare Group plc pre tax profits for the year are down by a third. The company, which was the subject of a failed takeover bid in 2007. Two reasons given for the drop were profit performance within its Social Care division and growth in its Primary Care division fell short of expectations.
(Source: Hemscott)

The Parkinson�s Disease Society have advised, as a result of a poll organised by them, that more than 25% of people with the disease have never had access to a Parkinson�s nurse. In the UK there are currently 120,000 with the disease and only 230 nurse specialist posts. This means that each nurse has a caseload of 520 patients compared with the 300 recommended by NICE.

A quarter of student nurses across the UK drop out before the end of their course. In 2006 of the 25m101 students who started either a nursing degree or a nursing diploma, 6,603 dropped out before the end. The estimated cost of this is in the region of �98m

In-House News

Judith Tye is the new Registered Manager for Able Community Care replacing David Gifford. Judy completed her NVQ 4 Management (CSCI requirement) late last year.

Potential new clients have been visited in Devon, Northumberland, Hampshire, Hertfordshire and Suffolk.

A client care review has taken place in Norfolk.

A new client post has commenced in Devon for an elderly lady suffering with Dementia. Care Manager is Nick on 01603 281915. Weekly salary is �576.00pw inc.

Interesting Information

Council tax bills are dropping through the letterboxes now and Carers UK is urging carers to make sure they are paying the correct amount. Some carers who are caring at home for a loved one, may be able to qualify for a discount of up to 50%. If this is the case it may also be possible to backdate a refund if the incorrect amount has been paid for several years. For further details visit the website of Carers UK at: http://www.carersuk.org

Question asked of Able Community Care this week:

"Recently my sister died and I have been emptying her home. Amongst the contents were a dozen or so, old (probably pre-war) but clean blankets. Do you know of any organisation that would like them as my local charity shop was not too keen?"

Answer : One of the charities that would love to have your sister�s blankets is the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. They get through 1000 blankets a day and they prefer medium or large sized ones to keep the dogs warm. Sheets and towels are not really warm enough and they do not like old duvets as the dogs can rip them and eat the contents.

For further details email to: info@dogshome.org

You can also at this email address ask for a pattern to knit a large dog blanket. The knitting pattern will then be sent to you in the posy.

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.