June 14, 2012 -- Able Newsflash No.326

UK News

The UK Government is giving £60m to improve the quality of care for people at the end of their lives. The funding, which will be available to all adult and children’s hospices in England can be used for improving day to day activities, developing or improving out-reach services to people in their own homes, the provision of overnight facilities for families, decorating to improve the environment etc.

Mobility scooters cause accidents. For example, between 2007 and 2012 in South Yorkshire alone there were 28 incidents involving mobility scooters which resulted in seventeen people being killed or injured. Some police forces and other independent organisations now offer training to help to make driving a scooter safer. To see if this is available in your area contact your local station.

After six years of campaigning, the RNIB has announced that the EU is to introduce a new health warning on the link between smoking and blindness.

A new health warning will be printed on tobacco products which will say ‘smoking increases the risk of blindness’.

? ? ? Question of the Week

" I have Coeliac disease and I notice that the supermarket chains now have sections where you can find gluten free food items. However, I like to shop in my local town but I am then not clear what I can safely buy without reading the contents on every packet. Are there any leaflets/booklets that will give a guide?"

Answer : I am sure there are leaflets but the charity Coeliac UK sell a Food and Drink Directory, either in a printed copy or as a download that lists around 9000 products that are safe to eat. The Directory costs £10 and can be purchased from their online shop. www.coeliac.org.uk

Interesting Information / Statistics

'Foundations' is the national body for home improvement agencies and is appointed by The Department of Communities and Local Government.Home improvement agencies help vulnerable people to maintain their independence and live comfortably and safely in their own homes. Every year home improvement agencies deal with around 225,000 enquiries from across the country and deliver work with a total value of over £110 million.

Four out of five people over the age of 75 take at least one type of medication.

In House

16 long serving care workers have been sent flowers to thank them for working with the clients of Able Community Care for many years.

Several requests have been received this week for either the leaflet or booklet offered on our website with reference to funding care and NHS Continuing Care. See www.

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Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Director
Able Community Care Ltd.

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