September 19, 2013 -- Able Newsflash No.391

Care News

40% of Britain’s beaches and tourist destinations are not opened up to people with disabilities. For example many beaches are out of bounds to wheelchair users whilst others, such as the Countryside Mobility Scheme in the South West, provide all-terrain mobility scooters and wheelchair accessible ‘wheelyboats’.

The Minister for Disabled People, Ms McVey, has asked local authorities to ensure that their beaches are accessible to all. Ms McVey has pointed out that it is good business sense to ensure that local areas of beauty and interest attract as many people as possible including the 20% of the working population who are disabled.

Prestige Nursing has carried out research which shows that the average cost of a room in a care home in England has risen by 3.5% in the last year. However, over two years the rise is 9.3%. The average cost of a place in a care home in England is now £28,367.00 per annum

A recent study by the Association of Directors of Social Services shows that 45% of councils had not increased the amount they pay care homes even in line with inflation this year.

Separate research has shown that those who have to pay their own way are billed around £12,000 a year more than a local council would pay for an identical place.

(Source: Telegraph)

Company Watch, a specialist company which tracks and predicts financial risks has surveyed 4,872 firms operating 20,000 care homes across the UK.

The survey shows that 1,449 have been rated as ‘financially vulnerable’ and have a one in four chance of needing a financial rescue.

Question of the Week

"I like a bath but last week forgot I had left the tap running. Luckily, it did not cause a major flood but did unnerve me a bit. I have been told I can buy something which would alert me that the water was near the top of the bath if I forgot again. Where can I get one?"

Answer : The nearest aid I know of is a Magic Plug which has two helpful factors. It is a device that lets you know if the water is too hot, so can prevent scalding and a mechanism that allows a bath or a sink to be filled to a specific level. If left unattended, the Magic Plug releases excess water to prevent overflow. The temperature safety factor is that the plug changes colour when the temperature of the water reaches 36C so alerting the bather that the water may be too hot.

The Magic Plug can be easily attached to your existing plug chain.

The Magic Plug can be purchased from several companies and is priced between £10-£14.00. One company who supplies them is Phillips Mobility Ltd of Felixstowe; Tel 01394 272233. The plug can be found online here;

Summer Days

As we now move to Autumn, ‘Summer Days’ will be packed away till next Spring. However, National Trust properties are open all year round and many have special events to celebrate Christmas, Easter, etc.

The majority of National Trust properties have a good degree of access and welcomes visitors with disabilities and also welcome are assistance dogs.

Again the majority of properties have adapted WC’s, provide manual wheelchairs for loan and self drive and volunteer driven powered mobility vehicles are available at some large gardens and parks.

Their admission policy admits a necessary companion, or carer of a disabled visitor free of charge on request.

However, the National Trust does have an ‘Access for All Admit One Card’ which can be issued by their Supporter Service Centre and means that you do not have to ask for free admission for your carer/companion each time you visit a National Trust property. You can obtain a card by phoning 01793 817634. More information can be found online here;

In-House News

A potential client visit has taken place in Norfolk.

A new post has commenced in Staffordshire for an older lady requiring total support. Care Manager is Colin and weekly wage is £550.00 inc.

Sadly two of our clients have died this week. One lady had been in receipt of a continuous live-in care service from us since July 2008. The second lady had been in receipt of a regular two in four weeks live-in cover from us since July 2011.

Interesting Information

More than 100,000 people volunteer in hospices across the UK.

Three years after a person quits smoking, their chance of having a heart attack is the same as someone who has never smoked before.

The number one cause of blindness in adults in the United States is diabetes.

Client Profile

‘Toni’ is in her late eighties and her family came to Able Community Care in April this year because ‘Toni’ was displaying signs of dementia and needed care to remain living in her own home. At the time of the families approach to us, ‘Toni’ had moved into a residential care home but was unhappy.

‘Toni’ returned home and the first carer who was introduced is part of the regular rota with a further carer who was introduced in May.

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Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Director
Able Community Care Ltd.
Telephone 01603 764567