May 31, 2012 -- Able Newsflash No.324

Care News

"Care for an aging population, how is it to be paid for?" Almost daily the subject is mentioned. So how do other countries with the same projected problem of a growing elderly population cope or try to cope with how it is to be paid for?

In Germany there is a payroll tax for all workers of approximately 2%. As a result all who need help with daily living get benefits either via a care service or by being allocated the cash to purchase a care service of choice.

In Japan care is funded through a combination tax system which covers approximately 90% of the long term, elderly care costs.

The French are taxed to fund long term care. However, people on a higher income get less financial help than those with lower incomes.

Sweden invests more of its gross domestic product in its elderly than any other country in the world. As a proportion of GDP, Sweden’s allocation to elderly care is almost five times the EU average. Most elderly care is funded by municipal taxes and government grants.

In Russia the state-funded care system for the elderly does provide some home visiting services. The problem is that the elderly person has to pay for each service. Laundry is charged per kilo, there are separate fees for bathing the client, for mopping the floor etc etc. Although pensions vary, with many receiving little more than £100 per month, the poorer pensioners cannot afford to pay for services. Many pensioners still live in communal flats, sharing bathroom and kitchen with other families. This can make them vulnerable to abuse. State-run old people's homes are no more of a solution. Residents often live 30 to a ward with no privacy, no activities, and low standards of personal care. (Source: St Gregory’s Foundation)

An increasing amount of NHS trusts are restricting the ability for people to have eye surgery, information from a charity suggests. According to a report by The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), more than 50% of the 152 NHS Trusts in England have in place their own restrictions on cataract surgery that are stronger than national standards.

The RNIB says that as a result many people with sight issues are being forced to wait while their condition gets worse.

Information from community web site has shown that only a third of sons and daughters with elderly parents have discussed their future care needs and options of long-term care.

Research carried out by Able Community Care last year amongst local County, District and Parish Councillors showed that only 50% of councillors were aware of specific information about care or where to get the information from in the first instance. The majority of the 50% who were aware and did know where to get care details from had learnt through personal experience of having the family need to know.

In-House News

Client reviews have taken place in Berkshire with an additional two ‘pop ins’.

Potential carers have been interviewed in Hampshire, Norfolk and Cornwall.

A visit was made to advise a group of solicitors about the benefits and economies of live –in care packages.

A new ‘Home from Hospital Care Package’ has been launched based on the old convalescent care system. For details please call Judy on 01603 764567

Interesting Information / Statistics

Foot care or the modern word chiropody has been in place for thousands of years and it is recorded that both Napoleon and Abraham Lincoln had ‘specialists’ to care for their feet.

However, the history of foot care can be traced back to what was possibly a ‘foot doctor’ to a tomb in Egypt known as the Tomb of the Physician who on his tomb entrance had carvings of hands and feet suggesting that this was his speciality.

Question of the Week
"I am a Carer and I have a tattoo on my arm which I would like to get removed as many of my clients make mention of it in a negative way. Can I get this removed on the NHS?"

Answer :Normally you are unable to get tattoos removed on the NHS unless, in rare cases, such cosmetic surgery may be required to protect a person’s health.

The most usual method for removing a tattoo is to have it removed at a private clinic but you will have to pay for such treatment.

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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