January 10, 2013 -- Able Newsflash No.355

Care News

Every year in the UK more than 5,000 people die in accidents in the home and 2.7 million visit accident and emergency departments seeking treatment. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents has fact sheets and guidance on home safety and these can be downloaded from their website:www.rospa.com

'Change4Life' is the name of the new food campaign being launched this week to expose ‘the nasties’ in everyday foods and to encourage us to shop and eat more healthily.

The campaign launched by Public Health is centred around managing salt, fat and sugar in a person’s diet.(England has one of the highest rates of obesity in Europe with over 60% of adults and 33% of 10 and 11 year olds overweight or obese).

The campaign is being backed by Asda, Quorn, Uncle Bens’, Co-operative Food and Cravendale.

For people who sign up to the campaign there will be free recipes, offers on products, etc. In addition to information in shops and supermarkets a television advertising campaign begins this week.

A survey carried out before the campaign started found that 50% of people asked did not know that there are 11 lumps of sugar in a can of cola and that 49% of people asked were not aware that a large takeaway pepperoni pizza has twice the recommended maximum daily rate of saturated fat. (2006 people were surveyed)

NHS to pay 100 private health care firms to treat patients -

More than 100 private firms will be paid by the NHS to treat patients as part of the first major expansion of the private sector's role in the health service, it emerged last night.Healthcare firms will provide basic services such as physiotherapy, dermatology, MRI scanning and psychological therapy after being granted "any qualified provider" (AQP) status.

Department of Health figures show that 105 private firms and 140 NHS organisations, mainly hospital trusts, have been approved by PCTs and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs0.

Source: The Telegraph

??? Question of the Week ???

"I am recently disabled and I was thinking about seeing if I was eligible for a Motability car but I understand the criteria is changing? What are the new criteria?"

Answer : If you use a wheelchair for all or most of the time, then you should be eligible for Motability under the new PIP (Personal Independence Payment) payments.

If you cannot walk more than 20 metres you can qualify whereas previously the criteria was that you could be eligible if you could not walk more than 50 metres.

It is estimated by Disabled Motoring UK that 100,000 people will lose their Motability car under the final descriptions for PIP’s whereas previously they would have been eligible under the higher rate mobility component of the DLA (Disabled Living Allowance).

Interesting Information / Statistics

The brain uses over a quarter of the oxygen used by the human body.

The human body is estimated to have 60,000 miles of blood vessels.

Source: NHS

In-House News

Potential client visits have taken place in Dorset and London.

All our clients were fully covered over both the Christmas and New Year holiday breaks.

Sadly one of our clients died over the Festive period. We had provided care on a continuous basis since 2002. One of the client’s regular, live-in carers had been in post on a rotational basis since 2005.

Client Profile

Quentin’s family came to Able Community Care in April 2011 to establish a live-in care scheme under the NHS Continuing Care arrangement. Quentin needs total care with reference to personal, domestic and social care. Our live-in carers are supported by NHS professionals as part of his on going care team.

Currently, two regular, rotational live-in care staff enable Quentin to stay at home.

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