April 18, 2013 -- Able Newsflash No.369

Care News

The NHS in Scotland is chasing more than £1.1 million in debts from overseas patients, sometimes amounting to tens of thousands of pounds in each case, figures show.

Data revealed from Freedom of Information requests show across Scotland NHS boards are at present trying to claw back £1,148,308 for the cost of treating foreign patients.

A number of boards revealed large debts ranging from about £3,000 to more than £78,000 for treating a single patient.
(Source: Scotsman.com)


From The Shropshire Alcohol Strategy 2013-2016 Consultation Document - It is estimated that alcohol misuse costs the economy in England up to £25 billion per year and in a community of 100,000 people, each year:


From 1 April 2013, all patients in acute inpatient hospital wards and A&E departments across the country will be offered the opportunity to complete a ‘Friends and Family Test’.

On leaving hospital, or within 48 hours of discharge, patients will be asked the following question:

"How likely are you to recommend our ward/A&E department to friends and family if they needed similar care or treatment?"

Follow-up questions will be asked to find out the reason for their answer.

Question of the Week

"I am in my twenties and disabled. I would like to take up some form of sporting hobby but do not know where to start. Where can I get information and advice from?"

Answer : A good place to start would be to contact The English Federation of Disability Sport. Established in 1998 it is the national body which seeks to improve and increase the opportunities in sport to people with a disability. It is estimated that in the UK less than two in ten disabled people engage in sport and the Federation along with other associated bodies, would like to see this statistic increase.

Their web site is: www.efds.co.uk

Interesting Information / Statistics

The International Association for the Study of Obesity says there are 1.475 billion overweight people in the world.


Pay rates for live-in carers on Gumtree this week:

Care agency offering £80-100.00 per day

Care agency offering £65-129.00 per day

Private position offering £500.00 per week.

In-House News

A prospective client was visited in Norfolk.

A potential live-in carer was interviewed in Hampshire.

Client monitoring visits have taken place in Hertfordshire and a client review in Norfolk.

A new Information Sheet "Try to Eliminate the Risk of Fire in an Older Person’s Home" can be downloaded from our new Information Sheets page or can be sent by email if preferred.

Presentation "Community Care 1601 – 2013" given to a Rotary Meeting this week.

Client Profile

Nell in 2007 was in her 80’s, had no close relatives and was depressed and suffering from the symptoms associated with depression. Not wanting to leave her home it was suggested that a live-in care service may be the answer. Able Community Care began providing the service in 2007 and apart from hospital periods, the care has been continuous since that time.

Nell has two main live-in carers on her rota, one of whom first met Nell in October 2008 and her second one in January 2009.

Response From a Newsflash Reader

Regarding our Question of the Week in the Able Newsflash of 11th April 2013, we received a helpful response from one of our readers. Thank you to Lynda for this information which we are passing on to our readers this week:

"Re. the courses for carers, depending on where the lady lives, several Carer support organisations, Derbyshire Carers being one of them, do run some free courses for carers so she would be advised to contact her local group to find out what they offer. They will also give her support and info on carer services in the area."


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