February 23, 2012 -- Able Newsflash No.310

Care News

A YouGov national survey has found that last year more than one in two Brits took part in some form of volunteering. The most popular activity of the volunteers was giving their time to activities that could be described as ‘neighbourly deeds’. This accounted for 50% of the volunteering carried out.

Over one million drivers are older than 80 years of age. According to the Driver and Licensing Agency there are 122 licence holders over the age of 100 which includes three age 105 years of age and one person who is 106 years old.Statistics show that drivers over 70 are as safe as drivers of 25. Drivers over 80 are less safe, but still safer than drivers in their teens

Over half of patients would be happy to re-use medicines returned to the NHS provided they pass a safety check, a poll commissioned by the NHS Sustainability Unit has found.Better medicines management would reduce carbon emissions and could save the NHS in England more than £89m a year, the unit believes.

A total of 52% of respondents to the poll, by IPSOS Mori, would be very likely or likely to accept re-issued medicines, while 32% said they would not. (Source GP Online)

In-House News

Prospective clients have been visited in Dorset, Norfolk and Hertfordshire.

Client re-assessments have been carried out in Suffolk and Lincolnshire.

A potential live-in carer was interviewed in Norfolk.

A new post has commenced in Norfolk for an older lady who needs support to remain in her home. Care Manager is Colin, weekly wage is £549.00pw inc.

Interesting Information / Statistics

Approx. 5,000 amputations are carried out in the UK annually. The most common reason for an amputation is a loss of blood supply to a limb.

Half of all amputations are carried out on people over the age of 65 and men are twice as likely to need an amputation as women.

Question of the Week
"Please could you explain in simple terms what the NHS Bill intends to do if it becomes law?"

Answer : There have been millions of words written about the proposed Health and Social Care Bill and the following summary from www.parliament.uk seems to be the easiest to understand.

The Bill proposes to create an independent NHS Board, promote patient choice, and to reduce NHS administration costs.The Key areas are:

For further information visit www.parliament.uk

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