February 09, 2012 -- Able Newsflash No.308

Care News

The UK has a higher death rate from Asthma than similar countries and the condition affects approximately one in five households. Three people die from Asthma everyday in the UK and it is thought that 90% of these deaths are preventable.

This month starts a year long investigation by The Royal College of Physicians who, during this year, will collect information from medical professionals and families affected. The aim of the investigation is to significantly reduce the current, unacceptable, death rate

Below are just a few of the media headlines in the last couple of weeks:

‘Southampton City Council cuts to hit the elderly and disabled’

‘Torbay Council budget cut fears for the vulnerable. Plans to cut social care budgets instead of leisure services at Torbay Council have been criticised’

‘Millions of elderly people are facing a "care crisis" as official figures show two thirds of councils have cut funding for residential homes’

‘ESSEX County Council cuts could force services for elderly people and mental health sufferers to shut down’


In-House News

Prospective clients have been visited in Avon and Norfolk.

Monitoring visits have been carried out in Norfolk and Medication training and Moving and Handling training sessions have taken place.

A new post has commenced in Lincolnshire for an older lady with Osteoporosis. Care Manager is Sam and weekly wage is £571.00pw inc.

Two potential live in carers have been interviewed.

We often get sent details of holiday accommodation suitable for people with a disability and their family and friends. This week we have received details of Ellwood Cottages in Dorset. The website http://www.EllwoodCottages.co.uk will show that the cottages have level access accommodation, heated splash pool, recreation and therapy room and a totally accessible garden.

Interesting Information / Statistics

Question of the Week
"I have four friends who are coming over to the UK to spend a week with me. I am disabled and two of my friends, like me are wheelchair users. I would like to arrange some London tourist activities and I am looking for help of any kind to help me arrange this. Can you offer any suggestions?"

Answer :Most of the attractions in London are disabled friendly and you should have no problems accessing them once you have managed to get there. As there are at least five of you, with three wheelchairs you may be interested in a company called Wheelchair Travel.

This company can pick up on a 'meet and greet' basis from either Gatwick or Heathrow and transport your friends to where they are staying in a wheelchair accessible mini bus.

In addition the company can provide half and full day London tours with a guide/commentary facility. The company also offers tours to places such as Bath, Oxford, Stratford upon Avon, Cambridge and other places.

To contact the company telephone 01483 233640 Email : Trevor@wheelchair-travel.co.uk

Web site: http://www.wheelchair-travel.co.uk

43,069 cosmetic operations took place in the UK in 2011. This was a 6% increase from 2010.

Studies from around the world are finding that the some of the ingredients in tea may help towards maintaining a healthy heart. A national study of 1,764 women in Saudi Arabia showed that tea drinkers were 19% less likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease than non-tea drinkers. In the UK 120000000 cups of tea are drunk every day

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