January 29, 2009 -- Able Newsflash No.153

Care News

Research published in http://www.bmj.com found that half of all carers of dementia sufferers reported some abusive behaviour towards the person they were caring for. The research was based on interviews with 220 family carers of people living at home and who were referred to the community mental health teams in London and Essex.

The UN Convention on the rights of people with disabilities is that people should have the right:

The UK Government was one of the first to sign the Convention and it was hoped that it would be ratified by the end of 2008. This has not happened and disability organisations are hoping that ratification will take place by Spring this year.

The Disabled Living Foundation (DLF) is celebrating its 40th year by launching a groundbreaking new website: Living Made Easy (http://www.livingmadeeasy.org.uk).

Living Made Easy is an impartial advice and information website about daily living equipment and other aspects of independent living. It has been developed by the Disabled Living Foundation (DLF), a national charity with nearly 40 years' experience in providing independent advice about products for disabled adult and children, older people, their carers and families.

In the website it aims to provide comprehensive and independent information about all products on the UK market from all national suppliers, supported by expert advice created by their team of occupational therapists.

In-House News

A prospective client has been visited in Norfolk.

Client care reviews have taken place in Sussex, Suffolk and Devon.

Risk assessments and MH reviews have taken place in South Wales.

PCT Discharge meeting was attended in South Wales.

New posts have commenced:

Interesting Information / Statistics

http://www.hellsgeriatrics.co.uk is a website for people who wish to grow old disgracefully. Their premise is: For a humorous and educational look at life for more mature people visit their website!

Question of the Week
"What are the rules that are laid down for taking medication on a plane, in particular medication that is injected?

Answer : If you are travelling with any medication or medical supplies - especially syringes and large amounts of medication - you need a letter from your doctor explaining what it is and why you need it. If you do not have a letter from your doctor or hospital, you are likely to be refused permission to board the aircraft if you are carrying syringes or hypodermic needles in your hand luggage. In addition you should also tell the airline in advance if you will be carrying syringes in your hand luggage or checked-in bags.

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.