November 15, 2012 -- Able Newsflash No.348

Care News

Barclays Bank has announced that its commitment to making more than 75% of its cash machines ‘talk’ has been achieved. Blind and partially sighted people can now use their earphones at any of the 3000 speech enabled ATM machines to withdraw cash.

A nasal spray has been developed that could mean an end to daily injections for sufferers of Type 1 diabetes. The spray, successfully tested on rats, delivers insulin to the bloodstream via the nose. Tests showed that one squirt of the spray reduced blood sugar levels in rats for around 24 hours. When insulin was injected into the animals the traditional way, it took just nine hours for their blood sugar levels to return to their original values.

Type 1 diabetes is an auto-immune condition that affects around 300,000 people in the UK and destroys insulin-making cells in the pancreas.

Without the hormone, levels of glucose in the blood can rise dangerously. Sufferers usually have to inject themselves with insulin several times a day to keep blood sugar under control.

The new nasal spray, developed by a British-led international team of scientists, turns into a sticky gel once it heats up to body temperature in the nose. (The research is published in the Royal Society of Chemistry Journal Biomaterials Science).

Simple Payment
The Simple Payment system has been launched for people who are unable to use a bank, building society, credit union or post office account. It is an ‘exceptional service’ that gives claimants a Simple Payment card, they will collect their cash by taking it to a PayPoint outlet displaying the Simple Payment sign. These will be found in supermarkets, newsagents, convenience stores, etc. Identification will be necessary and the card itself has no monetary value.

??? Question of the Week ???

"My Father has been receiving NHS Continuing Care funding, but a friend has mentioned that he will not necessarily get this for the rest of his life. Is this true?"

Answer : This can be the case. NHS Continuing Care funding is only paid out while the person meets the eligibility criteria. A person receiving funding will have their situation reviewed at least annually and if the eligibility criteria no longer applies then the funding can cease. At such time however, a person or their family has the right to request a review of the decision or make an appeal against the decision.

Interesting Information / Statistics

NHS Direct handles approximately 22,000 calls a day, around 8 million a year.

The British Lung Foundation via their Breathe Easy Support organisation provides a support network for people living with a lung condition and for the people who care for them.

There are over 230 support groups throughout the UK and 8 regional offices.

To locate a group near you, visit their web site and put in your postcode.

Most local councils run a service called Tell Us Once - Making it easier to report births and deaths. Tell Us Once is a service that helps people who need to register a birth or death. Using the service, they can, through one interview, tell up to 28 government services about the change of circumstances.

Tell Us Once is currently offered by around 82 per cent of local authorities in England, Scotland and Wales. The service is offered through face-to-face appointments for birth and death registration, and telephone and online services for registering a death.

In-House News

A potential client assessment has taken place in Dorset.

A Care Manager has attended a Refresher Safeguarding Course, other Care Managers are booked in to attend in the coming weeks.

Client reviews have taken place in Gloucestershire and London.

A new post has commenced in Norfolk for an older lady with dementia. Care Manager is Jackie and the weekly wage is £571.00pw inc.

Sadly a client died this week. Continuous care had been provided since August 2008 and the carer who was with him first became one of his rotational live-in carers in March 2010.

Client Profile of the Week

Oscar, who is in his early eighties, lives in a rural town and has the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Oscar has a large, supportive but busy family and Able Community Care was asked to provide a ‘respite’ service. The first period of respite for the family was in July 2012. The live-in carer was accepted by Oscar and his family and the same carer has since been back for two other periods with a further two booked in advance for the coming months.

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

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