November 08, 2012 -- Able Newsflash No.347

Care News

The University of Nottingham has made a study on how smoking is related to absenteeism and have found that in the UK £1.4 billion is the cost of the 2 or 3 days a year extra that smokers miss from work over their non smoking colleagues.

The spinal injury charity, Aspire suggests that one in five people with spinal injuries are likely to be discharged into residential or nursing homes for older people because of a lack of appropriate housing options. The average length of stay is given as two years with some people remaining in a home for more than three years.

The Dental Complaints Service which was set up in 2006 dealt with more than 1800 complaints in the year to April 2012. Most of these complaints were resolved in less than a week.

The Service received over 14,000 calls in 11 months with reference to private dental care and information about referring NHS patients to the right body.

The most common complaints concern fillings, root canals, crowns and dentures. For further information visit:

Question of the Week

"I would like to have my feet cared for but I am told that I do not qualify for free care. I am happy to pay for the service but how do I know that if I ring a chiropodist up that they are qualified. What do I need to look for to show they are genuine and can you give me any guidance on how much I will pay per session?"

Answer : If you are unable to get a free service from the NHS and you are choosing to pay for private foot care, it is important that you look out for the following qualifications/membership to ensure that the chiropodist is a highly qualified practitioner;

Private fees can vary according to location and the practitioner's experience - you can expect to pay around £20 to £40 per session.

Interesting Information / Statistics

There are about 70 calories in an uncooked egg and 77 calories in a cooked egg. Eggs have a larger number of proteins when compared with chicken meat or with milk and eggs have 13 essential vitamins and minerals. The yolk is the major source of most of them, including naturally occurring Vitamin D.

Around one person in three in the UK suffers from an allergy. The number of people affected is increasing every year, and up to half of those affected are children. The most common allergies are to pollen, house dust mites, mould, pets such as cats and dogs, wasps and bees, industrial and household chemicals, and foods such as milk, nuts (mainly peanuts) and eggs. You can also be allergic to fruit, medicines such as penicillin, metals such as nickel in jewellery, and rubber.
(Source: NHS)

In-House News

Prospective clients have been visited in Norfolk and London.

A care review has taken place in Norfolk.

A new post has commenced for an elderly lady in Norfolk. Care Manager is Jackie and the weekly wage is £592.00 inc.

An emergency request for a live-in care package came in on Monday, visit was carried out on Tuesday and care begins tomorrow.

Client Profile of the Week

Paul was born in 1914 and came to Able Community Care in 2008 because he wished to remain living in his own home. He has two regular, live-in carers enabling him to achieve his wish. Live-in Carer T. first came to care for him in November 2011 and Live-in Carer H.’s first visit was in January 2010.

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

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