June 25, 2009 -- Able Newsflash No.174

Care News

The Food Standards Agency has reported that the number of cases of listeria food poisoning in people over the age of 60 has doubled in the past nine years. One in three people who get food poisoning caused by listeria die as a result. It is thought that one of the reasons for the increase is due to the fact that people of this age are more likely to take risks with "use by" dates, are reluctant to throw food away and are often confused by fridge temperatures.

A poster, leaflet and a pharmacy bag campaign is being targeted directly at this age group in order to try and prevent unnecessary illness or death.

The number of NHS staff on long�term sick leave in Scotland numbered 3,389 on 31st March 2009.
(Source: Scottish Parliament)

Around 14,000 blind and partially sighted people in Wales are missing out on a total of �34m a year in benefits, according to the charity RNIB Cymru. The charity has said people desperately needed specialist help and were under-claiming by an average of �45 per week. Funding problems mean its own welfare rights service is available only in five out of 22 Welsh council areas. Local government leaders said ensuring access to services was important to councils but budgets were very tight.

The RNIB will take their campaign to change this situation to the Welsh Assembly.

In-House News

Prospective clients have been visited in Bedfordshire, Leicestershire, and Norfolk.

MH refresher training has taken place in Lincolnshire and Lancashire.

A client review has taken place in Norfolk.

Potential carers have been interviewed in Norfolk and Hampshire.

Interesting Information / Statistics

The waiting time for access to NHS Speech and Language Therapists can vary in different parts of the country. If you are in an area where the waiting time is unacceptable then you may wish to contact a Speech and Language Therapist in independent practice. The association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice (ASLTIP) provides contact and details of individual practitioners with their qualifications and experience to date. To find a Therapist near you visit their website http://www.helpwithtalking.com

The number of cyclists killed or seriously injured on UK roads has increased 11% in the past three years
(Source: Headway)

Question of the week
"I am wheelchair dependent for travelling and would like to make a long train journey with several changes of both stations and train companies. Will I have to phone each station/company to get the help I will need?"

Answer : If you need assistance at the station or in boarding the train, this can be booked using the Assisted Passengers Reservation Service (APRS). By giving the rail company advance notice, arrangements can usually be made for staff to meet you at your departure station, accompany you to your train and see you safely on board if necessary by using a ramp. Staff will also meet you at your destination or interchange station and help you onto the next stage of your journey.

Each Train Operating Company (TOC) has a special telephone number to arrange for assistance, some also have Mincom and fax facilities. It helps to give at least 24 hours notice before you travel by rail so that train companies can get staff in place to meet you to give a better service, particularly if you are using smaller, unstaffed stations or stations managed by a TOC other than the one taking the booking. If your rail journey involves using the trains of more than one company, you only need to contact your local company, who will arrange for assistance throughout the whole rail journey for you. For your local number look in your telephone book.

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.