May 03, 2012 -- Able Newsflash No.320

Care News

Car insurance for volunteer drivers – it may be that your car insurer takes the view that you require business insurance as your volunteer journeys are classed as ‘business’ not personal use. It could mean that you are engaged in driving for your charity, have an accident and your claim is rejected. It is worth checking with your insurer to make sure that either you are covered or have the option to change your insurance accordingly.

Age UK have carried out research with reference to people who self fund care and their analysis suggests that private funding for social care has risen by £380m in the last year while there has been a fall of £341m on care funded from the public sector purse.

Changes to Misuse of Drugs Regulations mean that appropriately qualified nurses and pharmacists will now be able to prescribe controlled drugs like morphine, diamorphine and prescription-strength co-codamol, the Government announced last month. This means that:


In-House News

Prospective client visits have taken place this week in Lincolnshire and Norfolk.

A new client care package has commenced in Norfolk for an older lady requiring after stroke care. The Care Manager is Jackie and the weekly wage is £571.00pw inc.

As Norwich City FC will be in the Premiership again next year we have purchased an advertising hoarding of 24ft by 2ft on the Main Stand. We hope you will be able to notice it during next season’s televised football matches!

Carers: many of you have requested ‘Pass it On Cards’ if you have not done so yet, please give Kate a ring on 01603 281910.

Interesting Information / Statistics

Heath and wellbeing are linked to the food we eat. Malnutrition and poor diets are not good for any person and statistics show that there are a growing number of people over the age of 65 who are at risk of poor health because they are either not eating enough or are having a poor diet.

Recently read information says that there are over 100 illnesses related to poor nutrition and that 3 million people are at risk at any time in the UK.

A recent newspaper article said that some care homes are only spending £2.27 per day per resident on food. In addition there are numbers of older people who are not able to access the shops regularly, have to rely on other people to bring in their food, are not able to cook, etc. and the problem is easy to identify.

Age UK have an excellent booklet titled Healthy Eating – your guide to eating well. This can be downloaded from their website or you can request a printed version.

The subjects covered are:

The Age UK web site is: to download the booklet or to order a printed copy.

Question of the Week
"I have an elderly Aunt who I think may be eligible for NHS Continuing Care. Please can I have some information about it?"

Answer : NHS Continuing Healthcare is free care outside of hospital that is arranged and funded by the NHS. It is only available for people who need ongoing healthcare and meet the eligibility criteria. NHS Continuing Healthcare is sometimes called fully funded NHS care.

NHS Continuing Healthcare can be provided in any setting, including a care home, hospice or the home of the person you look after. If someone in a care home gets NHS Continuing Healthcare, it will cover their care home fees, including the cost of accommodation, personal care and healthcare costs. If NHS Continuing Healthcare is provided in the home of the person you look after, it will cover personal care and healthcare costs. It may also include support for you as a carer.

To be eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare, the person you look after must be assessed as having a "primary health need" and have a complex medical condition and substantial and ongoing care needs. Not everyone with a disability or long-term condition will be eligible. Guidance says that the assessment for NHS Continuing Healthcare should be "person centred". A decision about eligibility should usually be made within 28 days of an assessment being carried out.

For further information visit the DOH web site at:

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