January 24, 2013 -- Able Newsflash No.357

Care News

www.homecare.co.uk reported that ‘Cash-strapped local authorities all over the country have been slashing their fees to home care providers and some are considering going down the same road as care home providers and challenging them in court.’

Colin Angel, policy director for UKHCA says he would like to see ‘ home care providers who have not done so thinking urgently about developing their private care business, to avoid relying too heavily on local authority fees, which are unlikely to improve in coming years’.

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Head of the NHS Commissioning Board, Sir David Nicholson told The Independent that he likened the current plight of elderly patients in hospitals to the "national scandals" resulting from the treatment of mental health patients in large asylums in the 1960s and 1970s, and committed the NHS to massive expansion of community care.

"If you think about the average general hospital now, something like 40 per cent of the patients will have some form of dementia," he said. "They are very bad places for old, frail people. We need to find alternatives."

Plans to expand community treatment are likely to lead to the closure of some hospital facilities and the concentration of services in a smaller number of large, highly specialised centres.
(Source: The Independent 21st January)

NHS Direct Telephone Service - Whatever your health concern or query, the NHS Direct Telephone Service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year

The number to call for advice and guidance is:0845 4647

When you call NHS Direct, you will be asked to provide some basic information, including details of any medication you may be taking. If you’re calling on behalf of someone else, you’ll need to provide this information on their behalf.

NHS Direct Telephone Service will assess the problem and advise you on the best course of action. If you’re feeling unwell at the time of your call, you may be told how you can look after yourself at home, or you may be recommended to see a chemist. If it’s something more serious, you may be advised to see another health professional, such as your doctor. If the problem is very serious, the service can help you to access the ambulance service.

In some areas you can call: 111

You should use the NHS 111 service if you urgently need medical help or advice but it's not a life-threatening situation.

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??? Question of the Week ???

"My uncle who lives on his own is blind and has said he would like to take a holiday. He has ask if I have any suggestions but I have not managed to find anything, can you help?"

Answer : The charitable organisation Action for Blind People have 4 hotels under the title Vision Hotels which may be of interest. You can find details by visiting their website at: www.actionforblindpeople.org.uk

The hotels are located in South Devon, West Sussex, Somerset and Lake Windermere.

There is good information on the website and it is possible to book online.

Interesting Information / Statistics

Three strange reasons from people visiting or phoning Accident and Emergency Hospitals:

CQC has registered over 18,000 care homes.

In-House News

A prospective client has been visited in Wales.

Two monitoring visits have taken place in Norfolk.

A new post has commenced in Wales for an elderly lady requiring support. Care Manager is Colin and weekly wage is £535.00 inc.

All clients have been covered throughout this recent spell of bad weather so a big thank you to all carers.

Live-in care services provide the total care option especially valuable in poor weather conditions. The cost of having a Live-in Care Scheme can be less than the equivalent of having 8 hours of hourly care per day.

Client Profile

Brian, a younger adult suffered a severe stroke in 2008. His social worker contacted Able Community Care and his first carer was introduced to Brian in October 2008.

Currently Brian has a two person, live-in carer rota. One of these carers was introduced to Brian in October 2008 and his current second carer in June 2011.

An hourly care agency provides cover each day in order to enable his resident carer to have a break.

Service has been continuous since the care package began.

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