April 05, 2012 -- Able Newsflash No.316

Care News

The Princess Royal Trust for Carers is merging with Crossroads Care and will be known as Carers Trust.

A Scottish health board is the best in the UK for the diagnosis and early treatment of dementia, according to a charity which researches the disease. An independent Dementia Map, compiled by The Alzheimer's Society, showed that people in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area are diagnosed and treated for dementia faster than anywhere else in the UK. (Source: The Press Association)

News from The Care Quality Commission:
"From this week, we will be improving the way we inspect health and social care services. The improvements we are making will mean most services will be inspected more often. Most hospitals, care homes and home care agencies will be inspected once a year while dental and other services will be inspected every two years. Our inspections will also be targeted, focusing on the standards most relevant to the type of service or the concerns people have told us about".

Steve Mahan 'drove' along a carefully-planned route on his first solo car trip since losing 95 per cent of his sight, stopping in at a Taco Bell restaurant and picking up his dry cleaning during the short journey in the specially adapted Toyota Prius.

As he set off for his drive in the pre-programmed car, designed by Google, Mr Mahan said: "Look ma – no hands. No hands, no feet."

Afterwards, he added: "Where this would change my life is to give me the independence and the flexibility to go to the places I both want to go and need to go when I need to do those things"

The vehicle comes with a heavy price tag, with one key piece of equipment – a laser-range finder which maps out surroundings and responds to GPS signals – alone costing $70,000 (£44,000).Google posted a video of Mr Mahan's journey on its Google+ account, saying it showed the possibilities self-driving cars offered to the blind and other people with disabilities.
(Source: The Telegraph but reported in other newspapers)

In-House News

A member of staff was interviewed ‘live’ for 20 minutes on Bradford Community Radio on the merits of ‘live in care solutions’.

One interview has taken place in Norwich.

Two members of staff have attended a Safeguarding Adults course.

Review visits have taken place in Cornwall.

A member of staff has visited clients in the West Country and Wales.

One new post has commenced in Norfolk for a female with dementia. Care Manager is Jackie, weekly wage is £571.00 per week incl.

Interesting Information / Statistics

The Independent Living Fund (ILF):

Question of the Week
"Following on from a question a few weeks ago, please could you tell me where you can park if you have a Blue Badge for disabled parking?"

Answer : In England and Wales, Blue Badge holders may generally park:

In Scotland the following applies:

There is currently no Blue Badge parking map for the UK but if you are visiting another county the local authority should be able to give you details of where disabled parking is available.

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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