October 04, 2012 -- Able Newsflash No.342

Care News

From today, NHS patients requiring planned inpatient or day case treatment will be covered by a ‘Treatment Time Guarantee’ enshrined in law. The guarantee will mean that patients will have a legal right to receive treatment within a maximum of 12 weeks from when they are diagnosed and agree to the treatment. The guarantee is one of the rights in the 'Charter of Patient Rights and Responsibilities' which brings together, in one place, a summary of the rights and responsibilities that patients have when using NHS services.
Source: Scottish Government

Edouard Braine, a French consul in London, is tetraplegic as a result of a horse riding accident in 2002. He is returning to France and has told a French radio station that Britain was between 35 and 50 years ahead in its attitude and acceptance of people with a disability. He is returning to Paris where he expresses his personal view that he will find it much more difficult if not impossible to get around by public transport.

The London Legacy Development Corporation has promised £2m towards a Paralympic legacy on the Olympic Park that will establish an annual festival of disability sport along with new sporting, leisure and employment opportunities.

After the Games, the Legacy Corporation will turn the Olympic Park into the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park - a new part of London that will champion inclusive design and opportunities for disabled people, families and older people.

Tens of thousands of people are expected to benefit from the £2m Paralympic Legacy Programme which will build on the success of the Paralympic Games. The Programme will help to create new homes, public spaces and sporting venues that are accessible, along with introducing a range of sports for disabled people including wheelchair rugby, boccia, wheelchair basketball and Goalball in the Copper Box. It will also help disabled people to get jobs on the Park.
Source:ITV News

? ? ? Question of the Week ? ? ?

"I have just returned from a holiday with my elderly Mother and found, that due to her reduced mobility, using public toilets, when we could find them in some of the smaller towns, was a nightmare. I believe there is a guide which tells you about accessible toilets for people with such a disability and where they are. Information please?"

Answer : The National Key Scheme (NKS)enables people with a disability access to approx. 9000 NKS toilets which are fitted with a NKS lock. The National Key Scheme offers disabled people independent access to locked public toilets around the country. You can purchase the National Key Scheme (NKS) Guide 2012 plus a key for a combined total of £16.99. The information is also available as an App.
To get further information or to purchase a guide/key use any of the following contact details:
Disability Rights UK, 12 City Forum, 250 City Road, London, EC1V 8AF
Tel: 020 7250 3222
Fax: 020 7250 0212
E-mail: www.enquiries@disabilityrightsuk.org

Interesting Information / Statistics

Client profile of the week:

Norman* is in his middle 40’s and has brittle bone disease. Unable to support his own body weight he relies on his live-in carers for all aspects of his life. Norman became a client of Able Community Care in 2004 and since 2007 has had the same two carers working on a fortnightly, live-in, rotational system.* name has been changed.

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