August 26, 2010 -- Able Newsflash No.234

Care News

Under the Freedom of Information Act it has been revealed that NHS hospital beds in Scotland have been reduced by 1,148 in the last three years.

The actual number of beds in Scotland's hospitals in 2009/10 was 22,794 beds down from 23,942 in 2007/2008


The new watchwords for the NHS, says Health Secretary Andrew Lansley, should be 'no decision about me without me'.


2,000 nurses and midwives from the EU try to come to Britain to work every year.

Up until now the Nursing and Midwifery Council - which controls who can be employed here � has insisted that new recruits must have worked at least 450 hours in the last three years or go on a refresher course. But now all they will need is a diploma from their country showing they are qualified.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council has stopped administering the tests after being told it could be sued by the European Commission for breaking EU law on "freedom of movement" for workers from the Continent.

It has raised alarm bells and parliament has launched an investigation.
(Source: The Telegraph)

In-House News

A prospective client has been visited in East Sussex. Potential carer interviews and MH training has taken place in Norwich.

Client reviews were held in Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Peterborough and in Surrey.

A new post has commenced in Surrey for an elderly gentleman with Parkinson's disease. Care Manager is Sam, weekly wage �571.00 inc.

Interesting Information / Statistics

Question of the Week
"My elderly Aunt has just admitted that she cannot get into her bath any longer and reluctantly has agreed to a wet room shower. Would she be entitled to a Council grant for the installation of it?"

Answer : I had a similar family, problem a few weeks ago and I can give you the answer the Council I approached gave me. It should be noted however, that the council area in which your aunt lives may have a quicker timescale.

In order to see if there is eligibility for a grant for the installation of a wet room, an assessment would be made by an Occupational Therapist on behalf of the Council. However, in the area I approached the wait could be up to a year before such an assessment could be made. The amount of any grant is financially assessed and it may be that help could be given on a sliding scale from 10% of the price upwards. However, it could be that a person's financial situation means that no financial help would be forthcoming.

To find out eligibility depends on the assessment by the OT. The advice given to me was that if it is urgent and the person can afford to have the installation, then it would probably be better to go ahead on our own.


Two thirds of people with dementia live in the community with a third living in care homes. In care homes 64% of people have a form of dementia.

60,000 deaths per year are directly attributable to dementia.
(Source: Alzheimers Society)


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