The proportion of people with dementia who have a formal diagnosis is now 46%, compared with 43% in 2011. Alzheimer’s Society estimates that there are 428,000 people in the UK who are living with dementia but haven’t been diagnosed.
Banks and building societies have long been criticised for their inconsistent approach to those with power of attorney acting on behalf of one of their customers.
This has prompted new principles for how financial institutions should treat them.
New guidelines have been drawn up by the Office of the Public Guardian, the British Bankers’ Association, the Building Societies Association and a number of charities, and delivered to all UK banks and building societies.
It sets out what documents an ‘attorney’ will need to show the bank, proving their identity and their authority, before access to the account is granted.
Consumer group Which? says: ‘Bank staff too often give incorrect or inconsistent advice to people who are managing the financial affairs of others, making their lives unnecessarily difficult and frustrating.’
(Source: This is Money)
Mencap has launched a charter for the new GP-led Clinical Commissioning Groups to help eliminate health inequalities in the NHS.
The charter comes after the publication of the Confidential Inquiry into premature deaths of people with a learning disability, on 19 March 2013. This found that 37% of the deaths of people with a learning disability in the NHS were considered avoidable.
Mencap’s own commissioned research found that over 1200 children and adults die across England every year because they are not getting the right health care.
Mencap believes that Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG)s, which replaced Primary Care Trusts on 1 April 2013, will be key to eliminating the health inequalities within the NHS. For further information about this please go to: www.mencap.org.uk/news
Answer : There are several ‘responsible’ organisations that do but one you may be interested in is the Carers Support Programme offered by St John Ambulance which operates in your County.
They offer the free training over four weeks, (free lunch provided after each training session) and it covers Guidance and advice about a variety of subjects including giving medicines, infection control, memory loss, etc.
It offers ‘safer handling and looking after your back’. First aid skills and guidance on how to access support locally and managing stress.
Currently these courses are available in: Dorset, Somerset, Jersey, Devon, Northumbria, Avon and the Isle of Man.
Shopmobility is a scheme which lends manual wheelchairs, powered wheelchairs and powered scooters to members of the public with limited mobility to shop and to visit leisure and commercial facilities within the town, city or shopping centre.
Shopmobility is for anyone, young or old, whether their disability is temporary or permanent. It is available for those with injuries, long or short-term disabilities – anyone who needs help with mobility. Shopmobility is about the freedom to get around. You do not need to be registered disabled to use it.
Two potential client visits took place in Norfolk.
I have been invited and accepted the invitation to present at "The 2nd Annual Younger People with Very High and Complex Care Needs" conference in Melbourne in June.
The title of the presentation is: "How the UK provides reliable, responsible home care for younger people with high complex care needs".
Most of the written comments of our 2013 Client Satisfaction Survey have now been returned and the results can be found by following the link above.
Beverley’s current main rota of carers is filled by one live-in carer who first went to Beverley’s home in June 2008 and by her second live-in carer who was introduced to Beverley in January 2011.
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Angela Gifford, Director
Able Community Care Ltd.