February 02, 2012 -- Able Newsflash No.307

Care News

A fifth of disabled people report having difficulty in accessing public transport. Improvements such as low-door access on buses to staff being trained to help people who experience difficulty have made travelling easier but there is still some way to go.

Addressing this problem Radar (The Royal Association for Disability Rights) have launched a new guide in its Doing Life Differently range.

The new publication, Doing Transport Differently, has been written for and by disabled people and includes references to using trains, buses, coaches, the underground, light railways, ferries and more.

To get further details visit http://www.radar.org.uk

Age UK reports that in real terms, social care for the elderly has experienced a financial drop of 4.5% once inflation has been taken into account. This amounts to £341m at a time when the number of older people requiring care is increasing.

In December 2011:

Delayed transfer of care - There were 112,999 total delayed days during the month, of which 62,689 were acute. 62% of these were attributable to the NHS, 30% were attributable to Social care and 8% where both agencies were responsible.(Source DOH)

In-House News

Prospective clients have been visited in Berkshire, Lincolnshire and Cornwall.

Client reviews have taken place in Yorkshire, Lancashire, Bedfordshire and Norfolk.

In response to many requests for information a new article is now on our website titled: NHS Continuing Care Eligibility Criteria. Please visit http://www. for further details.

Interesting Information / Statistics

Question of the Week
"My husband is losing his sight and I would like to find a package holiday if possible that caters for people with poor sight. Any ideas?"

Answer :There is a company called Traveleyes which specialises in providing holidays for blind and partially sighted people. Holiday destinations cover Europe, Africa, Asia and the America’s.

Individual brochures can be downloaded from their website either by word or by audio.

To read more about Traveleyes and what they can offer visit their website at https://www.traveleyes-international.com

Lung cancer is the world’s most common cancer. The rates are highest in Central-Eastern and Southern Europe with very low rates estimated in Middle and Western Africa. (Source GLOBOCAN)

The saying "I can feel it in my bones", does it have any validity?

Many people with arthritis claim that their joint pain varies with weather conditions.

The idea is often rejected, but a study based on 130 patients with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis at the Instituto Poal de Reumatologia in Barcelona found that arthritic patients had increased joint pain when there was a drop in atmospheric pressure. They also found that low temperatures increased joint pain in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

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