October 08, 2009 -- Able Newsflash No.189

Care News

Car park charges in hospital car parks in Scotland and Wales are either free or will become free in the future.

Last week Health Secretary Andy Burnham pledged that hospital car park charges for in patients visitors (not out patients) in England will be phased out over three years.

In the last week, the political parties have put into the public domain the manner in which elderly care may be paid for. Other political parties have done the same. However, at the moment, all is speculation and the Newsflash will not report on what might be, but rather wait for the reality and the implications as of then.

Many people, especially older people and people with a disability are more likely to suffer with long standing wounds such as pressure sores and leg ulcers.

Information about such health problems are not always easy to obtain. Two leading wound care experts have joined up with the health care technology company 3M and launched a comprehensive source of information about these health issues. The website at http://www.livingwithawound.org has questions that are frequently asked, offers tips that might help the conditions and information where to go for further support. There are also patients own stories and visitors to the website can register in order to receive updates and additional information as it becomes available.

In-House News

Prospective clients have been visited in Gloucestershire and Suffolk.

A team meeting has taken place in London and client reviews have taken place in Kent, Norfolk and London.

One of our live in carers retired this week age 72. She had been caring for our clients since 1992.

Interesting Information / Statistics

There are currently three domiciliary care agencies up for sale with Axis. They are based in Herefordshire, Lancashire and Lincolnshire. Two of them are hourly care providers and provide circa 3000 hours per week. Axis telephone number is 01284 716000 for details.

Question of the Week
"I read that most falls in the home occur on the stairs. I have an elderly relative who will not move her bed downstairs and I would like to take every precaution I can to make her as safe as possible. Do you have any tips for making the stairs as safe as possible?"

Answer : Over 1000 people a year die from falling on stairs or from steps. If the stairs are carpeted with a patterned carpet this can cause confusion in poor lighting and make the steps hard to see. If you can, replace the carpet with a light, plain one.

Make sure that there are no worn, frayed or loose carpet on the stairs and no loose rugs at the top or bottom.

Use a high wattage bulb, 100W or more and change lampshades from those that restrict or reduce light to plain, light ones in order to give as much light as is possible. If the walls are painted in a dark colour, repaint them in a lighter colour. If the wallpaper is heavily patterned, change for pale, simple wallpaper.

Ask your relative to make sure that at night he/she always use the light switch when using the stairs, not a torch. Make sure there is a light switch at both the top and bottom of the stairs.

Make sure there is a handrail at both sides of the stair case for ease and safety coming up and downstairs.

Ask your relative not to leave any item on the stairs, such as "to take up next time I go". It may be that the item then gets forgotten and a fall is caused as a result.

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.