December 15, 2011 -- Able Newsflash No.301

Care News

A new disinfection process which takes less than an hour could be used to kill germs in hospital wards.

The process uses sterilising gas and involves pumping a mixture of ozone and hydrogen peroxide into a room to wipe out microbes on walls, mattresses, chairs and other surfaces.

The process comes from the USA where it has been reported that more than 100,000 people die every year due to hospital-acquired infections.

The disinfection process is safe to use in food preparation areas and should be commercially available in 2012
Source: The Scotsman

The news last week about a new system to allow the public to rate care homes for the elderly and public views, records of mistreatment or abuse by staff, etc. to be placed online for all to read, is a mistake.

The Care Quality Commission, whom we could naturally assume, know about care in all its aspects, brought in a star rating system for care providers, which did not work and has been discontinued.

The current system for reporting abuse is bureaucratic, long winded and often works against innocent care workers and needs streamlining. To have members of the general public advising online their opinions about a care service via a website without the care provider/worker being able to give their version of events (which may be because of ongoing investigations/date protection) is not appropriate.

If such a web site system is to be put in place then it needs to be set up properly, to have safeguards in place for everyone, for all providers to have been consulted, for user’s organisations to be consulted and legal safeguards put in place for all.

I cannot think that in the current situation this can be put in place for a long time especially when present legislation, centred on the Care Quality Commission, is already there and can be used to the benefit of older people, care providers and care workers. Would it not be better to make the current systems that are there more robust.

Motability’s Chairman announces Scheme Changes.
A number of changes have been announced in a statement from Motability’s Chairman, Lord Sterling.
Key changes include:

The changes are designed to ensure that Motability provides clear policies, focused on the needs of the vast majority of customers. They will also help avoid misuse and misrepresentation of the Scheme.

The changes to car selection take place immediately, although Motability will honour all existing orders and commitments. Other changes will take effect from 1 January 2012.

There is no change for existing contracts, or nominated drivers named on current insurance certificates, for the remainder of existing leases.

In-House News

Prospective clients have been visited in Norfolk, Suffolk and Devon.

Sam Beddis-Clarke attended a Norfolk Care providers meeting.

Monitoring/review/training visits have taken place in Norfolk and Suffolk.

New posts have commenced in:

Somerset for an older couple needing 24 hour support. Care Manager is Colin, weekly wage is £608.00pw inc.

Buckinghamshire for an older gentleman requiring support due to dementia. Care Manager is Colin, weekly wage is £603.0pw inc.

Interesting Information / Statistics

Well over 75% (three out of four people) don’t change their toothbrush as often as they should. It is recommended that for hygiene reasons toothbrushes should be replaced every two to three months.

According to analysis of data from the Office for National Statistics the NHS in the UK spends more than £440m a year on painkillers. This works out at £8.80 per person.

Question of the Week
"My husband and I are both in our 90’s and trying to maintain our independence. We live in a house with a long drive but my husband is no longer able to take our wheelie bin down the drive and I have a walking frame. We try and burn any rubbish we can, but when we ask our dustman if he would come up and collect our bin for us, he said he did not know if he was allowed to do so. What is the position please?"

Answer : Most councils are well aware that some elderly or disabled people are not able to move their bin to the road side or collection point. What you need to do is to contact your local council Neighbourhood office and ask them to organise some assistance for you, i.e for your bin to be collected and brought back to your house.

Each case is considered on its merits but where there is one person living in a home who is considered as able bodied, no help will be given. However, this does not appear to be your situation so help should be given to you.

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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