September 15, 2011 -- Able Newsflash No.288

Care News

Three in four Britons plan to look after their elderly relatives themselves because they don�t trust homes to care for them properly.

Eight in ten would rather their quality of life be affected than that of their parents or grandparents, according to a poll of 2,000 men and women whose parents are beginning to struggle to live in their own houses.

Two-thirds of the women surveyed said they would feel they were letting a loved one down by putting them in a home.
(Source: Daily Mail Online August 2011)


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The site includes a Symptom Checker, a Medicines A-Z, a Health A-Z, News, Features, Diet and Fitness and lots more.


The British Lung Foundation has urged Scotland to follow the lead of Wales and do more to stop people smoking in cars when children are present. Wales is considering bringing in a ban on smoking in cars when children are travelling, if education programmes do not have the desired effect.

Experts advise that the amount of second-hand smoke children are exposed to has not changed since the ban on smoking in public places came into law in 2005.

A recent study in Scotland suggested air quality inside a smoker's car was comparable to industrial smog in cities such as Beijing or Moscow - even when the driver had windows open.
(Source: BBC News)

In-House News

Prospective clients have been visited in Norfolk and Suffolk.

One carer has gone on our register.

A new post has commenced in Gloucestershire for a male who needs support. Care Manager is Colin, weekly wage �608.00.

Another new post has commenced for a couple in Worcestershire, the lady has Alzheimers. Care Manager Alan, weekly wage �619.00.

Interesting Information / Statistics

Recent research shows Britain is now the �fat capital� of Europe, with some 13m people being obese and the rate of adult obesity growing at 1% of the population a year. The estimated cost to the NHS is in excess of �2.5billion a year.
(Source: University of Madrid School of Medicine study published in European Journal of Clinical Nutrition)


Dormant bank accounts
Many millions of pounds lie in dormant bank accounts unclaimed. The Government set up a body, The Reclaim Fund Ltd to collect money from these accounts. The first �30m has now been received by the Big Lottery Fund as a result.

To trace a lost bank account before it is distributed you can go to the following website http://www.mylostaccount.org.uk which gives further details and a form to complete online.


Question of the Week
"I believe that the Winter Fuel payments have been changed, can you give me up to date information please?"

Answer : In 2011-12, Winter Fuel Payment is a tax-free payment of �300 for each household if you were born on or before September 25 1931, or �200 for people born between September 26 1931 and January 5 1951 inclusive.

You must be ordinarily resident in the UK and you won't receive payment if you've been a hospital inpatient for more than a year, you're serving a prison sentence or you're living in a care home and receiving Pension Credit or income-based Jobseeker's Allowance. You won't be paid if you're subject to immigration control in the qualifying week.

Payment should be automatic. However, the Department for Work and Pensions may not identify you as being eligible if you're not already getting benefits (particularly if you're a man aged 60-65). In this case, you may need to claim. You'll only need to claim once, and payments will be automatic after this.

Payment is normally made in November but could be as late as Christmas. If you haven't been paid by the end of December, contact the Pension Service in January. You can call the Pension Service on 08456 060 265 (textphone 0800 731 7339).

It is possible to claim for some (but not all) previous winters. You can find more details by calling the Winter Fuel Payments helpline on 08459 151 515 (textphone 08456 015 613).
(Source: NHS Choices)

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.

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