October 10, 2013 -- Able Newsflash No.394

Care News

The Royal Mail is sending a leaflet to all households in the UK to let people know about the Christmas Stamp Scheme.

If you receive the following Benefits you will be able to buy up to 36 first and second class stamps at last years prices i.e. 46p for first class and 36p for second class.

When you purchase the stamps you will need to take either a letter from the Department of Work and Pensions or if you have a Post Office Account into which your Benefits are paid you can take your card statement instead. You can purchase the stamps between 6th November and Christmas Eve.
For further details visit: royalmailgroup.com

In 2012-13, a total of 173,000 safeguarding alerts and 112,000 safeguarding referrals were reported for vulnerable adults aged 18 and over in England.

For councils who reported on referrals in 2011-12 and in 2012-13, the number of referrals has increased by 4 per cent (4,000 referrals).

61 per cent of safeguarding referrals were for women and 61 per cent were for vulnerable adults aged 65 or over. Half of the referrals (50 per cent) were for adults with a physical disability. The rate of referrals per 100,000 population was highest in the West Midlands (320), North West (300) and London (295) regions in 2012-13.

Physical abuse and neglect were the most common types of abuse reported in referrals, accounting for 28 per cent and 27 per cent respectively of all allegations.

The alleged abuse was more likely to occur in the vulnerable adults own home (accounting for 39 per cent of all locations cited) or a care home (36 per cent) than in other locations.The source of harm was most likely to be cited as a social care worker (31 per cent of all perpetrators) or a family member (a combination of the Partner and Other Family Member categories, 23 per cent).

Source: Health and Social care Information Centre

Motability announces one-off transitional support package27 Sep 2013

Motability announces one-off transitional support package for customers who will no longer be eligible for the Motability Scheme following their reassessment for Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

Motability plans to provide a one-off transitional package of support regarding alternative mobility arrangements.

For further details visit their web site at: motability.co.uk

Question of the Week

"I am in my seventies and I have not had a letter this year to advise me to have a flu injection. Can I have one and do I just contact my surgery?"

Answer : The Deptartment of Health advise that the following people should have a flue injection:

Additionally you should be immunised if you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill with flu and pregnant women.

Give your GP surgery a call and make an appointment to have your injection during October and November.

Winter Tip

The clocks change at the end of the month and we are in for longer, dark days. In the winter a treat out is to sometimes go to a restaurant for a meal, see a different place, people watch, etc. If you visit the website: www.moneysavingexpert.com you can find out which restaurants are currently offering deals. It may be 2 meals for the price of 1, a free main course when 2 people eat, a dessert for a 1p etc.

The site is regularly updated and you can if you wish sign up to receive emails as news and offers change.

In-House News

A potential client was visited in Norfolk.

One new live-in care worker was placed on our Register.

A new post has commenced in Derbyshire for an older lady who requires after stroke care. Care Manager is Julie and the weekly wage is £560.00 inc.

We have joined in with Age UK Suffolk's 65th anniversary fundraising appeal and this week fruit and savoury pies were made by a staff member and sold to help with fundraising.

Christmas and New Year bookings are now being made. Please return your slips regarding working over this period if you have not done so to date.

Interesting Information

The stethoscope was invented in 1816

In 1887 the first contact lens were developed

1922 Insulin first used to treat diabetes

Client Profile

Kane is in his late 20’s and came to Able Community Care in 2004. Kane is quadriplegic as a result of CP and requires total care with his personal, domestic and social care.

Kane has a fully individualised home and our live-in care workers are helped out by hourly care workers each day. A social life is important to Kane and his live-in care workers enable him to have one.

The second, live-in care worker introduced to Kane in 2004 is still a regular care worker on his rota.

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