December 08, 2011 -- Able Newsflash No.300

Care News

Care fees planning is a problem in an ageing society with around 80,000 people who either have care at home or in a residential home running out of money each year, according to recent research. A further 345,000 are finding their funding squeezed. Source: FT Adviser

A recent study by BUPA titled ‘Taking the Pressure Off’ reports that the NHS could save up to £1.7bn a year if hospitals and PCT’s treated more patients at home. The study found that more patients could be discharged from hospital sooner and receive treatment at home, so saving 14.5m bed days a year.Patients with health needs related to knee and hip replacements for example could be discharged home earlier if appropriate care packages were in place. With the cost of a bed day coming in at a minimum of £255 per day, home convalescence seems a winner for everyone.

However, as I have mentioned before, many, many times we have approached hospitals with bed blocking problems, and the response to even meet with us has never been taken up!

A survey of more than 4,000 carers by Carers UK for Carers Rights Day today has found that almost 47% were being made ill by money worries.Nearly half (45%) of carers said they were cutting back on essentials like food and heating to make ends meet, with nearly a third (31%) living on their overdraft.The survey, which took place between September 2010 and July 2011, also found a very high percentage had cut back on holidays (78%) leisure activities (74%), buying clothes (70%) and going out with friends and family (74%).Carers struggle to work and care, and an estimated one million have given up work or reduced their hours, losing an average of £11,000 a year, the report said.Source: Community Care

In-House News

Potential clients were visited this week in Yorkshire and Norfolk.

MH and Risk Assessments took place in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.

Client reviews took place in South Wales.

Potential carers have been interviewed in Cambridgeshire and Hampshire.

Three new client posts have started in:

Devon for an older lady with dementia. Care Manager is Colin, weekly wage is £619.00pw inc.

Bedfordshire, a lady in her fifties, suffering with dementia. Care Manager is Sam, weekly wage is £627.00pw inc.

Scotland, for a frail, older lady. Came Manager is Judy, weekly wage is £587.00pw. inc.

Alan Wilson, a Care Manager who had been with us for well over a decade, has now left the company. Any calls you would have made for Alan, please direct to Polly or Judy for the time being.

Last Friday - a crisis call from a member of the public came in at 7.30am re an elderly relative. Assessment visit carried out by 10.30am, live-in carer in by lunchtime.

Interesting Information / Statistics

Giveacar is an organisation that turns old cars into cash for your favourite charity.

Giveacar will arrange collection from your home address and will then either sell the car at auction or for scrap.

If you have a car that you need to get rid of you could think about contacting the organisation to arrange free collection, call 020 0011 1664 for further details.

Giveacar is registered with the FRSB, which is the independent self-regulatory body for UK fundraising. FRSB are backed by the Office for Civil Society, The Scottish Government and the Welsh Assembly Government.

Question of the Week
"I have a young friend who is disabled and recently a news item about skiing resulted in him saying that he would love to be able to ski or take part in other snow sports. Is there an organisation that I can give him to get in touch with?"

Answer : Yes, DSUK (Disability Snowsport UK) is a people-centred organisation with a mission statement that anyone regardless of their disability can take part in and enjoy the thrill of snowsport.The organisation has been operating for over 30 years and you can get in touch with them via: Disability Snowsport UK (Operations Centre), Cairngorm Mountain, Aviemore, Inverness-shire, PH22 1RB 01479 861272 * Office hours: 9.30am - 1pm and 2pm - 4.30pm Monday to Friday or visit their Web site:

From a reader of the Newsflash:

Please find below information on a campaign about access to trains. Although I have written it from the point of view of a wheelchair user, as that is my experience, it affects all disabled people who need assistance when using the trains. Please sign and pass onto as many people who you think may be interested in signing or supporting the campaign.

In the UK, wheelchair users have to book to get assistance to get on and off trains, a minimum of 24 hours in advance. Stations which are accessible, are being made inaccessible by this policy and poor staff attitudes.

When booking 24hours in advance, you must know exactly what train you are getting on and if you try booking it less than the 24hours in advance, you are told the request cannot be guaranteed.

I do not know about anyone else, but I do not always know where I want to go 24hours in advance or exactly how long I'll be out for when I'm visiting friends. I understand the need for booking with unmanned stations, but I am talking about stations which are manned and 'unable' to free up staff to provide assistance. Also, staff attitude is often poor when providing assistance.

It is 2011, we would not accept this level of service from the rest of the service industry, so why are we accepting it from train providers? If a restaurant, turned us away and asked us to come back in a days time, but then admitted other customers to the restaurant, we would be outraged, this is the same level of service we are expected to accept from train operators - it is not acceptable!

Please sign this petition show your support, that this level of service is no longer acceptable.

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

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Director
Able Community Care Ltd.

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