April 12, 2012 -- Able Newsflash No.317

Care News

Measles – latest figures from the Health Protection Agency advise that in the year up to the end of May 2011 there were 496 cases of measles in England and Wales. The number is rising as in the same period up to the end of May 2010 there were only 374 laboratory confirmed cases.

Headway has designed a new workshop to help the carers of people who have a brain injury to cope better with the practical, financial and emotional challenges that they will be faced with.

The first three courses are taking place in May and are free. The venues are:

For further details visit the web site of Headway at:www.headway.org.uk

For health reasons it is recommended that we consume a maximum of 6gm of salt a day. (approx. one teaspoon of salt). Too much salt affects a person’s blood pressure levels which in turn can lead to serious heart and other health problems.

A recent survey by CASH (Consensus Action on Salt and Health) tested takeaway pizzas and found that some were saltier than the Atlantic Ocean. Some pizzas contained more than 10gm per pizza.

The survey gives examples of the salt content of pizza’s on sale at some supermarkets and at some takeaways. To take a look visit their website at:www.actiononsalt.org.uk

In-House News

A potential client visit took place in Cornwall.

Monitoring visits took place in Hertfordshire.

Our Twitter numbers increase each week and readers of this Newsflash increased by nine.

Our article, "The World Problem – An Increasing Aging Population" was published in the Hertfordshire Law Society Gazette and in Light Blue Law, the Cambridgeshire and District Law Society Newsletter.

Carers who have foreign language skills please advise Susan Charles on 01603 281926

Interesting Information / Statistics

www.inclusivelondon.com is a web site which offers information to older people, disabled people and parents with young children and buggies. It gives details of accessible places in London and there are over 7,700 locations that have the accessibility information on them. If you have an iphone it is possible to have the information as an app and you can download it for free.

Question of the Week
"Does a Paupers burial still exist and who can have one?"

Answer : A Paupers funeral is available when people have no money to pay for their burial and no one else will pay or organise the ceremony. Each year there are more than 21,000 Pauper’s funerals each one costing approximately £1000.00, the cost is borne by the local taxpayers. The number of such funerals is rising (14% increase in the numbers in the last five years in the South East) and according to the charity Anchor, the over 65’s account for 54% of all such public health funerals.

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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