August 19, 2010 -- Able Newsflash No.233

Care News

The National Housing Federation reports that almost 60,000 people with disabilities are at risk of losing their homes because of a government decision to cut support for mortgage interest payments for vulnerable people this October.The current mortgage support rate is 6.08% but the idea is to reduce it to the Bank of England average mortgage rate which is 3.67%. The reduction if it comes in, is part of the governments cuts to public spending. For further details the full article can be read at:

The NHS has published a National End of Life Care Intelligence Network document (88 pages) which is the first comprehensive overview for England of variations in place of death by geography, demography and main cause of death.

For example in 2007, there were 471,092 deaths in England of which 52% were females. This is roughly 1300 deaths per day, or one death per minute.

The details are given for the number of people who die at home and in hospital. The Local Authority with the highest proportion of deaths in hospital is Waltham Forest (78.1%) and the lowest is Torbay (44.6%)

Recently in the office we have received a holiday brochure from Bond Holidays. The company provides a range of holidays for disabled people including holidays with care. They offer transport to and from their holiday locations, a range of days trips and tours throughout their holiday packages. For further information you can visit their website at: or you can request a brochure packed with information by calling 01253 341218

In-House News

Prospective clients have been visited in Buckinghamshire and Jersey.

A client spot check and a client review meeting also took place in Jersey.

A new post has commenced in Nottinghamshire for a lady in her 60's who requires after stroke care. Care Manager is Alan Wilson, wage is �587.00pw inc.

15 copies of Able to Cook have gone to the USA and sales are good as several national magazines have previewed the book for us.

Interesting Information / Statistics

Alzheimer's disease is named after the German neurologist Alois Alzheimer who was born in 1864 and died age 51. In 1901 Alois watched a patient in the asylum he was working in, situated in Frankfurt, who was having difficulty with a loss of short term memory and other behavioural symptoms. In 1906 the patient died but Alois had her patients records and her brain brought to a laboratory in Munich and with two other Italian physicians, further work was carried out and the disease given the name Alzheimer's disease.

Question of the Week
"For many years I have been taken to the local supermarket by a friend. He drives, I do not. He is now in his middle seventies and his driving is now quite poor and his short term memory fails at times. I have asked him to go and see his doctor but he will not go. I now make excuses so that I do not have to be a passenger but feel I ought to do something for the sake of other road users. What should I do?"

Answer : The Alzheimer's Society publish a position statement which can be found on their website: which advises that people with dementia do not necessarily have to stop driving but may have to as the disease progresses.

The situation has to be handled sensitively and where possible with the consent of the person concerned. It may be that your neighbour is taking certain drugs which are having an adverse affect and a visit to his GP is necessary to see if these could be part of the problem.

I would again try tactfully to talk to your neighbour, asking him to mention your worries to his doctor or to his family as you are concerned for him.

Otherwise, if you feel the situation is such that he is not safe either himself or putting other road users in danger then you can mention it to his doctor who can, if he so chooses, speak to the DVLA about your neighbours driving ability in confidence.

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.