August 23, 2012 -- Able Newsflash No.336

UK News

A recent Kings Fund Report found that people over the age of 65 spend an average of nine days in hospital when admitted through urgent and emergency care, compared with around three days for those under the age of 65.

Although geographical and demographic differences have an influence it is suggested that amongst other factors bed days could be reduced significantly if a greater emphasis was placed on “joined-up care”. This would be between local healthcare services, GPs and community care providers and if available could reduce the length of stay. Post discharge care could take place in a person’s own home with co-ordinated professional support.

As a community care company with over thirty years experience of providing care to elderly people we have always believed that we could offer convalescent care for patients leaving hospital. Providing a live-in care package for one or two weeks after discharge enables a person to recover independence and confidence in their own environment and is a better financial option than the cost of the occupied hospital bed. Earlier discharge then frees up the bed for another patient.

Able Community Care has made specific approaches to many hospitals in order to try and discuss this service we can and are able to offer. Sadly telephone calls are not returned, letters are not acknowledged and where one or two meetings have taken place, the information is not of interest. As we already provide longer term live-in care packages to people in receipt of NHS Continuing Care funding it does not make sense to us either!

The end of this coming September is the deadline for reclaiming the cost of care home fees, if you believe that you were wrongly paying the fees when the medical care costs should have been paid for by the NHS.

Many people were not offered a medical care review and therefore were not offered the option of having their care fees paid if they fulfilled the eligibility criteria.

For further practical advice visit the Alzheimer’s web site at

The number of patients in hospitals in England and Wales who died from MRSA fell by 25%, from 485 in 2010 to 364 in 2011.
Source: Office of National Statistics

? ? ? Question of the Week ? ? ?

"A relative of mine has been assessed for home care by her local social services assessment team and as a family we are not happy with the decision. We wish to take this further but are not sure of the appropriate way forward. Any information would be appreciated"

Answer : If you visit the web site of the Local Government Ombudsman at you can download a fact sheet which will give you comprehensive information, guidance as to the steps you need to take, a help line you can ring and if you wish to do so, an online form you can complete.

Interesting Information / Statistics

One in every twenty hospital beds is taken up by a person with smoking related health problems. Every day 1,260 adults aged 35 and over are admitted to hospital due to smoking.
Source: Health and Social Care Information Centre

Around 600 people are admitted to hospital with carbon monoxide poisoning each year and it is thought the figure could be higher. As a result of being poisoned several people die and many are left with long term health effects. In the next few months we will be back to heating our homes again and therefore it is time to buy a carbon monoxide alarm or replace an old one. Alarms are easily available from DIY shops, supermarkets and online.

In House

Two visits have taken place in Norfolk this week.

Three brochures have been sent out and we have had an enquiry regarding holiday support.

Our slimming for charity has raised £2 this week which I am sure would have been higher were it not for annual leave!

At the present time I am in Australia and attended and presented at the Prescare Conference which took place in The Gold Coast, Queensland. The presentation was centred on the pathway the UK social care sector has trodden over the past thirty years and the parallels that may be drawn with the current debate and practices currently taking place in Australia.

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

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