April 09, 2009 -- Able Newsflash No.163

Care News

From April 1st 2009 The Carers Direct telephone helpline has been live. The service offers a free telephone advice line which is open 7 days a week to provide a comprehensive advice service for carers wanting information and advice about benefits, how to get care and support, breaks, housing, equipment, etc. Number is: Freephone 0808 802 02 02

Employees at builders merchant group Travis Perkins have raised over �150,000 for learning disability charity Mencap over the last year. The company has a two-year partnership with the charity and the money raised from a variety of fundraising events will go towards Mencap's work providing vital support for people with a learning disability and their families and carers.

A recent survey has shown up which towns have the highest number of care homes relative to the number of residents in the town.

First is Eastbourne where there is a care home for every 836 people in the town, followed by Watford where there is a care home for every 1,053 people and third is Bognor with care home for every 1096 people within the town.

UK residents visiting the Channel Islands must ensure they have adequate travel insurance from 1 April. The recommendation comes from the Department as the healthcare arrangements for UK visitors to the Islands are due to change.

The current agreement, which allowed UK travellers to get a limited number of medical treatments in the Channel Islands free of charge, will end on March 31. Anyone travelling to the Islands, which include Guernsey, Jersey, Alderney, Sark and Herm, will be required to pay for medical treatment should they become ill or injured there after this date. Visitors should therefore take out adequate insurance before they travel.

Visitors from the Channel Islands to the UK will also now be liable for charges for medical treatment when visiting the UK, so they should also have health insurance cover. This is relevant to care agencies who offer work to carers to work in the Channel Islands.

In-House News

Prospective clients have been visited in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

Care Manager Katie Clarke attended a 2 day course in Hertfordshire on Caring Skills.

MH training has taken place on a individual basis in two clients' homes.

Potential carer interviews have taken place in Dorset, Wiltshire, East Sussex and Norfolk.

Team meetings have been held in Berkshire and client care reviews have taken place in Kent, Lancashire and Nottinghamshire.

New posts have commenced in:

Interesting Information / Statistics

Every week 110 women in the UK under the age of 65 will have a stroke and 37 will die as a result. Of these, 15 could have been saved by simply controlling their blood pressure, the single biggest risk factor for stroke. (Source Stroke News)

In the course of one day, 8 tons of blood passes through the heart.

Question of the Week
"Is it possible to get a piece of equipment that could help my Mother who is becoming increasingly non mobile through arthritis? I understand that it is possible to have gadgets which can operate a television, open and shut curtains, switch lights off and on and answer the telephone."

Answer : There are products on the market which are voice activated remote control products and can carry out the functions you mention plus several others such having a door entry system, switching on a heater, etc.

The Pilot �Light� voice activated control is one and helps with the daily living functions such as you describe and if you visit the website of RehabTeQ Ltd at http://www.rteq.co.uk you can get further details.

There may be other providers so you may wish to take a general look around the internet as well.

Finally if you would like a brochure of the long term, live-in care services that Able Community care offers on a nationwide basis, please email to Ablemg@aol.com or request one from our website at http://www..

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.