Older people across England are being left housebound and disabled by a lack of foot care services according to Feet for Purpose, a major new report from Age Concern.
One in three people over 65 (over two million older people in England) cannot cut their own nails. Increasingly nail cutting and other foot care services are being withdrawn or restricted by the NHS. Although nail cutting may sound trivial, lack of even the most basic foot care frequently leads to complications that can result in dangerous falls, severe restrictions on mobility and social isolation.
The NHSBT (NHS Blood and Transplant) released figures for National Blood Week, which was 13th � 19th June, showing that almost 100,000 people across England and North Wales pledged to give blood including more than 20,000 first time donors.
Counsel and Care, the care advice organisation, has merged with Independent Age. Counsel and Care were experiencing financial problems and the merger enables the service to continue to operate.
No cases have reported in the UK since 1998. There are now only four countries in the world where polio remains a serious problem; Nigeria, India, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The numbers of polio cases in the UK have been dramatically reduced due to the polio vaccine which was introduced into the UK in 1955.
Question of the Week
"A disabled friend of mine lives in a private rented house which is damp. Last year the smell in the winter when I went round was awful and her bedding seemed dampish when I changed her bed. She has complained to her landlord about it but nothing has been done. With the colder weather approaching, is there any way she can get her complaint taken seriously?"
Answer : As a tenant you have the right to have the structure of your home keep in good repair by your landlord.
If your friend has only spoken to her landlord ask her to put her complaint in writing and take a copy.
If you do not get a response to the letter, do not think about non payment of rent but get advice. As damp can cause health problems contact the Environmental Health Department of your local council. They will investigate your complaint and if necessary they do have the power to order your landlord do any necessary repairs.
We hope you have enjoyed reading this and "see you next week".
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.