November 19, 2009 -- Able Newsflash No.195

Care News

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has carried out a study which includes reference to the medicines that hospital patients are prescribed and the transfer of such prescriptions to their GP�s surgery once the patient has actually left hospital. 12 Primary Care Trusts and 280 GP practices formed the study. Evidence of good practice was found but incidents of prescribing errors, failures to review medication after discharge were not uncommon. The estimate is that 4% of all hospital admissions are due to preventable medicine-related issues.

The study also found that in some cases when patients moved between hospital and surgery, patient information was not always shared in a timely fashion.

From 2010 all trusts will be required by law to register with the CQC and will have to meet a new set of standards.


Help the Aged and Age Concern have at last decided on the name they are to be known by as a result of their merger earlier in the year. From Spring 2010 the charity will be called Age UK. In Scotland the name is Age Scotland, Wales will be Age Cymru and Northern Ireland Age NI.

In-House News

Prospective clients have been visited in Cornwall, Norfolk and Nottinghamshire.

Client reviews have taken place in South Wales and Warwickshire. Pop in visit in Norfolk.

New posts have commenced in:

Sadly this week two of our older clients died. One we had been caring for continuously for four and a half years and the second person for one and a half years.

Interesting Information / Statistics

Changing Place Toilets
Standard disabled toilets do not meet the needs of all people with a disability � or their carers. People with profound and multiple learning�disabilities, as well as other serious impairments�such as�spinal injuries, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis or an acquired brain injury, often need extra facilities to allow them to use the toilets comfortably.

Changing Places Toilets are different to standard disabled toilets with extra features and more space to meet these needs.Each Changing Places Toilet provides:

The number of Changing Place Toilets will continue to increase and if you wish to see where they are available now go to website: http://www.changing-places.org

Question of the Week
"My elderly neighbour, who gets confused at times, has supportive relatives but they do live quite a distance away. Although I am happy to keep an eye on her, I do have a part time job. I went in the other day after work and she had left the gas cooker on unlit and a few weeks back I popped in, heard water running, and the bath was near to overflowing and she had forgotten she had decided to have a bath. I speak to her relatives about once a week and I said I would try to find out if there was any equipment that could be installed that would prevent these problems."

Answer : Suggest her relatives visit the Alzheimer�s website at: http://alzheimers.org.uk and look at Fact Sheet 437. This gives a long list of the available technology that is available to help keep a person safe.

For example, a flood from a forgotten bath that is running can be prevented by having a sensor fitted in the bathroom, for example on the floor or skirting board. If the bath overflows the water will be shut off and the alarm raised. Similarly, a safety device can be fitted to switch off the gas supply and raise the alarm.

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.