June 03, 2010 -- Able Newsflash No.222

Care News

The new Government has laid out their plans for Health and with reference to the Long-Term Care needs of people. These plans include:

The Parkinson's Disease Association has had a name change to: Parkinson's UK

Carers UK welcomes two measures which will not be subject to legislation but are nevertheless positive � the extension of the right to request flexible working to all workers and the establishment of an independent Commission on social care.

Most carers currently have the right to request flexible working but up to 79,000 do not because of the way that the complex definition of carer has been put together. This will mean that there is a level playing field for all carers and others. The evidence from business is that flexible working makes economic and social sense and, most importantly, it gives many carers the opportunity of staying longer in the labour market � vital for short and long term income.

Carers UK has also welcomed the establishment of an independent commission on social care to take forward the future funding proposals on social care. It is a critical issue about how we tackle the challenges of our changing and ageing society. Care is vital, not only for people�s dignity, good care services also enable families to provide some care and keep working. This will become even more important if the proposed Pensions and Savings Bill results in a rise in the state pension age.
(Source: Carers UK)

In-House News

A prospective client visit has been visited in Norfolk.

Alan Wilson, Care Manager has attended a course on The Mental Capacity Act.

Client care reviews have taken place in Bedfordshire and monitoring visits have taken place in Hertfordshire and Norfolk.Potential carers have been interviewed in Loughborough.

The following posts have commenced in:

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Interesting Information / Statistics

Question of the Week
"Is it possible to have two, NHS wheelchairs? My son is disabled and has just found some employment. He travels by car and his wheelchair has to accompany him to work and this is time consuming. It would be better if he had one that could be left in his department."

Answer : People who have walking difficulties can have a NHS wheelchair on a free loan. The NHS can loan more than one wheelchair if it is necessary and the need to have both a wheelchair at home and another at a place of work, if deemed necessary, can be provided.

The hpc, Health Professionals Council is in being to help protect the public by regulating health professionals. They do this by setting standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 15 professions. These inclued: Art Therapists, Chiropodists, Speech and Language Therapists, Hearing Aid Dispensers.

There is on their website at: http://www.hpc-portal.co.uk an opportunity to check if a professional is registered with them in any area of the UK, plus other information of interest.

For people who wish to move into a residential care home that caters for vegetarians then contact the Vegetarian for Life organisation at: http://www.vegetarianforlife.org.uk.The organisation can give guidance on homes which offer a genuine vegetarian service plus the website has vegetarian recipes which are suitable for older people.

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.