July 01, 2010 -- Able Newsflash No.226

Care News

The ILF has closed applications for the rest of the financial year. This is the first time this has happened since the Fund was established in 1988. The reason given is that the Fund has run out of money. Currently the Fund supports over 21,000 disabled people providing on average �316.00pw to individual disabled people.

Since April 2010, 600 offers of support have been made by the ILF and these will be honoured.
(Source: Guardian.co.uk)

Ryanair's proposal to reduce the number of toilets on board their aircraft and to make a charge to use them has brought forth, from among other organiations, The Bladder and Bowel Foundation, concerns about the necessity for adequate toilet facilities, which are a basic and fundamental need to be maintained on aircraft.

People with problems such as asthma, diabetes, hypertension, continence problems and arthtitis for example need to know where the toilets are and that they are likely to be vacant in a reasonably short time if occupied. According to the Urogynaecology Unit at Kings College Hospital, London, for one in four people in the UK the urgent and frequent use of a toilet is a necessity and not an adopted behaviour.

A survey published by Laing and Buisson claims that local councils in England will provide care homes with on average a 0.5% increase on last years funding. Estimated costs for care homes are rising at 2.1%. This indicates that care homes may increasingly have to rely on private payers rather than on payments from Councils. Councils currently pay for approx. 170,000 people to be care for in private care homes across England.

In-House News

Prospective clients have been visited in Wales and Surrey.

Client care reviews have been held in Surrey and Kent.

A new post has commenced in Norfolk for an elderly lady who requires stroke aftercare. Care Manager is Katie Plane. Weekly wage is �620.30 plus travel.

Two of our clients have died. One we had provided care for without a break for over seven years, the other one for just a few weeks. We have received a letter from the family of one offering praise as to how well our carers had provided care over such a long period and a call from a GP in a similar vein praising the care staff who had been with the lady whom we only cared for a short time. Thanks have been passed on to all the care staff involved.

Interesting Information / Statistics

Hearing Dogs are of benefit to deaf people in that they are trained to recognise specific sounds which people who can hear take for granted. e.g. a doorbell, an alarm clock, the telephone, a baby alarm and smoke alarms.

The Hearing Dogs will alert their deaf owner by using a paw to gain their attention and them leading them to the sound source. For sounds that represent danger, such as a fire or a smoke alarm, the dogs are trained to lie down.

When out Hearing Dogs wear a burgundy coloured coat so if you come across a dog in such a coat their owner is likely to be deaf.

Question of the Week
"I would like to know if I can claim any financial benefits, is there a way in which I can find out without going to see anyone?"

Answer : Yes, by going to the Government website: http://www.direct.gov.uk and using the online tool of the Benefits Adviser. You can answer the questions online anonymously and should receive the information you require.

Before you begin to fill in the answers it would be a good idea to have the following information to hand if it is relevant to you:

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.