July 23, 2009 -- Able Newsflash No.178

Care News

The Magazine Take a Break recently ran a feature about the value of social work and as part of the feature offered a "give away" of 500 badges on which the words "Thank God for Social Workers" was written.

The magazine staff received approx 10,000 requests for a badge and to accommodate everyone, had to re-order.

The Welsh government has announced ahead of legislation that it intends to cut charges for home care, day care and other community services. The proposal is to cap charges at �50.00 a week for each service user. The guidance, which would not be mandatory until Welsh government reforms are put in place in 2011 would be brought in under the Proposed Social Care Charges (Wales) Measure.

The consultation period re. the long term costs of care in England is open until November this year. Varying ideas have been put forward as to how future care may be paid for, but on the whole, these ideas do not seem to change the current situation very much. However, one good intention of the Government is that the provision of care and how it is paid for would be standardised through the country. At the current time, where you live makes a difference not only in how much you have to pay for any care but also with reference as to any adaptations you may need to your home or contribute to aids and equipment you may need.

In-House News

Angela gave a 45 minute talk at the IAHSA Conference in London.

A prospective client has been visited in Suffolk.

Client reviews have taken place in Essex and Norfolk and a reassessment in Somerset.

Team meeting and manual handling refresher training has taken place in Cheltenham.

Four manual handling training sessions have taken place in the office at Norwich.

A new client post has commenced in Cambridge. Care Manager is Jackie on 01603 281914. Client who suffers from dementia is 76 years old. Sal: �587 per week incl.

Interesting Information / Statistics

Question of the Week
"Please can you tell me exactly what a Living Will is?"

Answer : Living wills allow people with full mental capacity to specify what medical treatment they want if they later become unable to make decisions - for example, if they develop dementia. They are a form of advance directive, a formal written document that informs a person's doctor what medical care they do and don't want if they become unable to refuse or consent to decisions. If someone loses their mental capacity and has not made an advance directive, their doctors will generally be free to act in what they regard as the patient's best interests.

�1m grant awarded to the Royal National Institute for the Blind will allow it to produce millions more pages of Braille every year.

In the year before the vaccine was introduced in the UK, 86,000 children caught measles and 16 died. Because of the MMR vaccine, no child has died from acute measles in the UK since 1992.

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.