April 21, 2011 -- Able Newsflash No.267

Care News

Domiciliary care and staffing firm Allied Healthcare Group has acquired ScotHomecare from Health & Lifecare Options (HALO) for �2.5 million.

ScotHomecare, which has nine branches in Scotland and one branch in Leicester, England, provides domiciliary care services for the elderly and adults with physical disabilities.
(Source: Health Investor)

The British Red Cross has provided first aid training to a group of a taxi drivers and marshals in London.

According to the charity, its volunteers provided a special course for the workers in a bid to help them deal with late night fares and passengers who are ill or injured.

The number of pensioners unlocking money from their properties continued to increase during the first quarter of the year as homeowners were tempted by product innovation, research indicated today.

A total of 5,812 equity release plans were taken out during the three months to the end of March, 4% more than during the same period of 2010, according to equity release specialist Key Retirement Solutions.

The amount of money people unlocked also increased year-on-year, rising to �219.9 million in the first quarter from �216.9 million in the early part of 2010.

In-House News

Prospective clients have been visited in Norfolk and Bedfordshire.

Chris and Mandy (South Coast and South West Managers) have attended the first part of their renewing MH Course.

MH review assessments of clients needs have taken place in Gloucestershire and London.

Client reviews have taken place in Lincolnshire, Norfolk, and Hertfordshire.

New posts have commenced in:

Our activities to raise �1000 for Macmillan Norfolk are on course. As a result of a �bring and buy� in the office, everything beginning with �M�, our total to date is now at �425.00

Interesting Information / Statistics

Question of the Week
"How can I apply for Continuing Care for my husband?"

Answer : To find out if your husband is eligible for continuing care from the NHS an assessment has to be carried out for his eligibility. Your local Primary Care Trust will at the present time, carry out this assessment. This may be carried out by his GP, a nurse, social worker or other healthcare professional.

The criteria for an assessment to be carried out are:

The assessment will take the form of a checklist to begin with which may then or not, lead onto a more comprehensive assessment. (There is a fast track process for a person who has a terminal illness).

If your husband progresses to a full NHS assessment, a multi discipline team will make the assessment. This would consist of health and social care professionals already involved with your husbands care.

The full assessment will look at a wide area of health factors, the complexity of those needs, the unpredictability and intensiveness of your husbands needs and at the areas of risk should adequate care not be provided.

The information that is used by the multi discipline team can be found on the NHS website. Go to http://www.nhs.uk and put "continuing care decision support tool document". This will give you a good idea of what the assessment focuses on.

Dependent on the above, a decision will be made as to whether your husband can receive NHS continuing healthcare.

Considering buying a new wheelchair? You may wish to visit http://www.uk-wheelchairs.co.uk which gives comprehensive information with reference to buying a new wheelchair, maintenance, information etc.

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.