June 27, 2013 -- Able Newsflash No.379

Care News

The Health and Social Care Information Centre collected data from 150+ councils across England which showed that last year there were 64,020 claims with reference to abuse of people over the age of 65 years. 25,605 allegations were of neglect, 21,185 of physical abuse and other allegations included stealing, psychological and sexual abuse allegations.

One in every three allegations is a professional carer and of these 14,000 related to residential care home staff. Almost 11,000 cases of abuse on elderly people were allegedly carried out by other family members.

The Personal Social Services Survey of Adult Carers in England 2012-2013 published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre has found that of the 57,800 carers who took part, 36% were either extremely or very satisfied with the support and services they and the person they care for received. 29% said they were quite satisfied but 5% reported they were dissatisfied and 4% were either very or extremely dissatisfied. 11% reported neither satisfaction nor dissatisfaction and 16% reported that they had no support or services from Social Services in the last 12 months.

The full report can be downloaded at: www.hscic.gov.uk/pubs/psscarersurvey1213

Lloyds Bank have enabled 750 of their telephone banking managers to take part in a dementia information session.

The session was held in Solihull and the participants worked with the Alzheimer’s Society and their Dementia Friends initiative which began in February this year. Dementia Friends is to create more communities that have understanding and are ‘dementia friendly’ which will improve life for people with dementia as they go about their daily lives.

Question of the Week

"I like fashionable shoes but I have a bunion which makes it difficult to wear shoes comfortably if I buy them from my local shoe shop. Is there a company that sells shoes/sandals for this foot disfigurement?"

Answer : One online shop is www.meanfeet.co.uk. They have a range which incorporates a specialised area over the bunion but is not immediately obvious from the outside appearance of the footwear.

Interesting Information / Statistics

NHS – Each hospital bed costs on average £260.00 per day.There are an estimated 3,836 nursing homes and 10,445 residential homes for people aged 65+ in the UK.

One in four of the Japanese population is over 65 years and there are 4.6 million Japanese people with dementia (Britain has 800,000 people living with dementia).

Sunny Days

"Walks with Wheelchairs" is the website which contains contact details of useful links and selected companies that will be able to provide you with all the equipment you need to have an enjoyable and safe walking break. Regions, distances, gradients, terrain can all be specified and the appropriate information given.

For further details visit: www.accessibleguide.co.uk

In-House News

A prospective client was visited in Staffordshire this week.

Client monitoring visits have taken place in London, Hertfordshire and Norfolk.

A live-in carer has been interviewed in the Norwich office.

Two new posts have commenced in the Channel Islands for:

An older lady with Vascular Dementia. Care Manager is Sam and the weekly wage is £550.00 plus travel.

An older gentleman requiring support. Care Manager is Sam and weekly wage is £560.00 plus travel.

Last week I presented at The 2nd Annual Young People with Complex Care Needs Conference in Melbourne. The presentations from that conference can now be downloaded at http://lnkd.in/bdEpk8 (Password V%Z#)

Client Profile

Able Community Care provides live-in care to several centenarians and Clementine is one of them. In order to stay in her home of many decades, she decided to have alive-in care package in 2009.

Clementine spent her life in an agricultural setting and still likes to rise early, spend time outdoors and with her family. Since 2009 there have been regular rotas of carers and the present one consists of one carer introduced in January 2010 and the second carer in July 2012.

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