September 17, 2009 -- Able Newsflash No.186

Care News

Specialist Dementia Advisors should now be in place in 22 places around England in order to give people with dementia and their families additional support through the course of the illness. The advisors will be able to give support, advice, enable care to be accessed and will aim to reach out to minority groups, for example, to people whose first language is not English.

In addition to the 22 places there are 18 further additional support groups which will aim to be more interactive with people with dementia and their carers with the objective of developing local services such as dementia cafes, memory clinics, etc.

Counties which have either one of the above services are Berkshire, Yorkshire, Avon, Lancashire, Surrey, East Sussex, Essex, Hampshire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, North Tyneside, Oxfordshire, Somerset, Cleveland, Suffolk, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Cornwall, Cumbria, Derbyshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Buckinghamshire, Nottinghamshire, Devon and several London Boroughs.

The promise is to extend services as part of a National Dementia Strategy as time goes by.

A private company has had its contract to provide homecare services in Islington ended by the Town Hall. For further details go to the website of the Islington News published on 11th September:

Heart disease deaths fell by nearly eleven per cent, stroke deaths by almost seven per cent, and there was a 0.6 per cent decline in the number of people dying from cancer compared to the quarter April-June 2008.

In-House News

Three prospective clients have been visited in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex.

Client care reviews have taken place in Norfolk.

MH training has been given in Cambridge.

A new post has commenced in Warwickshire for an older lady with a short term memory loss. Weekly wage is �571.00pw inc. Care Manager is Katie Clarke on 01603 281917. (Katie Clarke has also married this week and will now be known as Katie Plane).

Sadly two of our clients died this week. One was an elderly lady who had received continuous, live-in care cover, with regular care staff since July 2007 and an elderly gentleman client who had been in receipt of continuous, rotational, regular, live-in care staff since March 2002.

Interesting Information / Statistics

There are currently 431,241 Motability cars being used in England and Wales (June 2009).

The number of deaths with any mention of pressure ulcer on the death certificate in England in 2008 was 917. This compares with figures of 996 in 2007, 935 in 2006 and 981 in 2005.

Question of the Week
"My Father is age 69, lives on his own in a rural area and recently has had a stroke. He is currently staying with us but wants to return home. However, at home, to resume his life he will need to go back to driving for shopping, appointments, etc. What is the procedure for returning to driving after a stroke?"

Answer : A stroke may have caused damage to the brain which means that the ability to move, see or concentrate is impaired and therefore a person may be unsafe to take the responsibility for driving either temporarily or long term. Because of this the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has strict guidelines about who may and not drive. The first one is that because of the potential effects of a stroke a person is not allowed to drive for at least a month after the event.

After this month, a GP can advise that you are fit to drive and then you can resume doing so.

However, if the case is that a GP does not feel that a person is fit to drive after a month, then the DVLA has to be informed and so does the insurance company that the person insures with.

Further information then has to be given to the DVLA by a questionnaire and they may ask for a further health assessment. It may at this stage take a few months to find out whether a person can return to driving or will have their licence revoked.

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.