June 16, 2011 -- Able Newsflash No.275

Care News

In 2005 a Pneumonia vaccine scheme commenced for the over 65�s and millions of pensioners were vaccinated for the 10 year protection it gave. The scheme is now to be scrapped by the Government as it appears to be ineffective with reference to saving lives.

Disability charities have welcomed a Government review with reference to looking at the job support available for people with a disability. It is hoped that the review will recommend a significant increase in practical workplace support.

Many thousands of charity shops were contemplating closure as a result of having to engage consultants in order to comply with health and safety rules. However, Chris Grayling, Minister for Employment has announced that charity shops will not have to obtain independent audits and that their responsibility will be to implement �common sense measures� to prevent customers and staff getting hurt.
(Source: The Telegraph)

In-House News

One of our live-in carers celebrated 20 years with the company last week. A bouquet of peonies and roses was sent to mark the occasion.

Potential clients have been visited in Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Nottinghamshire, South Wales and Cornwall.

5 client care reviews have taken place this week.

A pre-discharge meeting for a client was attended in Birmingham.

Sadly a client for whom we had provided continuous care since April 2007 died this week age 96. She had two regular, rotational live-in care workers.

Interesting Information / Statistics

Question of the Week
"I have recently recovered from a stroke and feel I can get back to an almost normal life. This means I would like to drive again but would like to be sure that I am indeed fit enough to do so, although my GP says I am.

Are there any professional services that are available where I can get a second opinion? I know my family would welcome this."

Answer : There is a network of 17 independent Mobility Centres throughout the UK who offer professional advice and assessment to people who have a medical condition or are recovering from an accident or in jury whereby their ability to drive may be affected.

The Mobility Centres are recognised by the DVLA which may give you added confidence. To find out which of the centres is nearest to you call 0800 559 3636.

In the period 1 February 2010 to 31 January 2011 22,358 people in the UK received at least one payment from the ILF. (Source Hansard)

Poor sight and looking for a new radio?

Riccability recommend Roberts RD-8BW Duet (�137) because it has a good sound and is easy to use by blind and partially sighted people and those with limited dexterity or strength. It was designed with the British Wireless for the Blind Fund. Reception is very good and it is easy to tune with its distinctive rotary dial. It has five preset buttons (for DAB and FM stations) that are large, illuminated and easy to set.

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.