June 04, 2009 -- Able Newsflash No.171

Care News

There have been problems for many people in that they have found it difficult to access an NHS dentist. Recent Government figures show that in the 24 month period up to Dec 31st 2008, 53.4% of the population saw an NHS dentist. This number is nearly one million less than the number seen in the 24 month period ending 31st March 2006 which was just before the dentists new contracts with the NHS was brought in.

The following information has been released by the DOH for 2008-31/03/09:

Across all A&E types, 98.1% of patients spent 4 hours or less from arrival to admission, transfer or discharge. This compares to 98.9% in 2007/08

There were 19.6 million attendances, a 2.4% increase since the previous year.

The first prosecution brought by the Quality Care Commission resulted in a fine of �1666.00 for a Coventry Care Home. The Home had failed to comply with the Regulations relating to recording, handling, safe administration and disposal of medicines.
(Source: QCC)

In-House News

A potential client visit has been made to Stockport.

Potential carer interviews have taken place in Dorset and Hampshire.

Mandy Gulater (Manager in the South West) and Sarah Wright (Care Manager in Norwich) have been making joint visits to existing clients in South Wales. These visits have included risk assessments, and MH review training.

A client re-assessment has taken place in Marlborough and a review visit has taken place in Lancashire.

Tom, aged 83 years of age died this week. He was terminally ill and wished to return to his home. We began care for him on May 9th 2009 and sadly Tom died at home on 26th May.

Interesting Information / Statistics


Learning to Drive
The usual minimum age for driving cars is 17. For anyone who is getting Disability Living Allowance at the higher rate (mobility component), the minimum age for driving is 16.

Under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, insurers can only charge disabled people higher premiums if the extra charge is based on factual or statistical data, or there are other relevant factors which indicate that a disabled person is a higher risk.

Question of the week
"I live in East Anglia and my Mother lives in the Highlands. I have one brother who lives abroad. Mum is 84, has no near neighbours but on the whole she manages well. What she lacks is company. I am thinking of seeking a care agency to provide her with a visit perhaps once a month, have you any idea if this is possible and what it might cost?"

Answer : As you have not given me the name of the town/village in which your Mother lives I am unable to give you any care agency details. It may be that the nearest domiciliary care company could help but it may also be that her home could be too far or remote for them to help on a practical basis or you may find such a service quite expensive.

I have a suggestion that you may like to consider first. Contact the Elderly is a charity (The John Lewis charity for the year 2009) which seeks to relieve the acute loneliness of frail, older people, (over the age of 75 years), living alone with limited or inadequate social support. The charity, established in 1965 has over 4500 volunteers who operate over a weekend to provide social interaction for lonely people. For example picking a person up and taking them to another person's home for afternoon tea and a chat. Such visits also informally monitor the health and situation of the person they are helping which is quite a comfort for most families.

You can contact the charity on 0800 716543 or visit their website at http://www.contact-the-elderly.org.uk for further details

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.