July 30, 2009 -- Able Newsflash No.179

Care News

Last week I attended the IAHAS Conference in London on international aging care. The conference was attended by delegates from almost 40 countries and was an extremely interesting event.

Two pieces of information that stand out in my mind. In some African countries where life expectancy is 45 years or even less, nurses and care staff have never had to look after what many other countries in the world regard as an older person. Migrant workers from countries where the life expectancy is low and seek work elsewhere in the world, though qualified do not necessarily have the ability to care or to understand how to care for frail elderly people in those countries having never met people of such ages as we take for granted.

Secondly, in countries where Aids and HIV is prevalent one speaker told of the missing generation. The generation of people who would be mothers, daughters and carers both on a family basis and as workers. In many places the only people who are left are the older people and the very young. People suffering with Aids and HIV are taken on as care workers in some areas as there is no one else to staff the aged care homes. They have to have time off to care for members of their family who are dying and need time to try and look after their own health in order that they can work for a bit longer. Staff turnover by definition is high. In addition, most of the aged care homes survive by charitable means only and literally exist from day to day. One speaker, a manager of an aged care home, told of the struggle to keep money coming and the need to continue the care, and one delegate was so concerned that in the coffee break he organised a "whip round" for the particular home. As there were almost 800 delegates at the conference the lady I am sure would have been overwhelmed at the result.

Pharmacies and supermarkets across the UK are just some of the places designated as collection points for those needing courses of the drug Tamiflu.

Among the hundreds of places dispensing medicine to the "flu friends" of patients are Lloyds Pharmacy, Asda Pharmacy, Boots hospitals and NHS walk-in centres.

Doctors will issue a number code to people who receive a diagnosis of swine flu, which can be used by flu friends - along with some form of identification from the patient - to obtain the drug.
(Source: Nursing in Practice)

In-House News

A prospective client has been visited in Somerset.

Potential carer interviews have taken place in Derbyshire.

A "pop in" visit has taken place in Suffolk.

Our Training Manager has visited a client in Norfolk who has taken possession of a new hoist and sling.

A new client care scheme has commenced in Norfolk for a man in his 60�s with MS. Care Manager is Katie Clarke on 01603 281917. Wage is �587.00pw inc.

A new client care scheme has commenced in Somerset for a young man who has Autism. Care Manager is Sarah Wright on 01603 281915. Wage is �598.00pw inc.

Interesting Information / Statistics

In November last year (2008) 1.58 million people in the UK claimed Attendance Allowance. Current rates are: Lower Rate is �47.10 Higher Rate is �70.35.

Question of the Week
"I have a disability and quite a bit of time on my hands. I would like to do some voluntary work but having a disability I am not clear about who to approach and indeed if it is possible for me to become a volunteer. Any suggestions?"

Answer : There is a website called Disabled Volunteers and you can find it at http://www.do-it.org.uk. Apart from information it is practical in that you can look at what you think you may like to do and with whom, put it your post code and the number of volunteering opportunities in your area will come up. I tried our post code re working in administrative volunteering for older people and eight vacancies came up in the County of Norfolk.

Latest volunteering statistics 73% of adults had volunteered informally or formally at least once in the last 12 months (2007/8 survey) and with 48% having volunteered at least once a month.

Due to the rising unemployment numbers, the number of people coming forward to volunteer in 2009 is rising.

In the UK, over 1.7 million disabled people�receive the Higher Rate Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance and over 16,000�receive for the War Pensioners' Mobility Supplement. Currently, over 510,000 disabled people have chosen to�pay their allowances to the Motability Scheme to meet the cost of having a car, powered wheelchair or scooter, through contract hire or hire purchase schemes.

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.