November 21, 2013 -- Able Newsflash No.400

Care News

The British Medical Association wants them banned - but more than a million people are now using electronic cigarettes.

'Your Money' has published figures that show that on average people who pay for their own care pay approx. 13 per cent above the real cost of their care provision in England. The real cost referred to covers accommodation, food, care and the profit margin for the care home operator.

A second report by Independent Age also comes to the conclusion that people who pay for their own care are subsidising residents who have their care paid for by the State. The full report can be read on their website;

Figures from The Charity Commission in May 2013 give details of the incomes of the Top 10 UK charities by income. The results are:

The British Council
The Arts Council of England
Nuffield Health
Cancer Research UK
The National Trust
Cardiff University
The Charities Aid Foundation
The Save the Children Fund
United Church Schools Foundation.

Combined incomes add up to £4,726,359,000

Question of the Week

"I am a Type 2 diabetic and I recently read an advertisement for champagne that was suitable for diabetics. Do you know where I can get some please?"

Answer : The champagne you mention, Skinny Champagne, is advertised as a deliciously dry champagne but with no added sugar, and it is suggested it is for the ‘calorie conscious’. It is not specifically advertised for people with diabetes.

For diabetics to drink safely, the following information given by: is good to follow:

If you have diabetes and are wondering how much alcohol you should drink, it is worth reading the following to see how much alcohol is contained in each type of drink.

One unit (approximate measure):

Alcohol intake significantly increases the risk of hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar levels). If a person’s diabetes is already well under control, a moderate amount of alcohol may be fine either before, during or soon after a meal.

Even if you have a drink, this may not influence short-term blood glucose levels. However, there are some precautions to be taken care of:

Winter Tip

Feet have the poorest circulation and therefore often feel cold before the rest of the body. If your feet become cold when you are asleep it is likely that you will wake up. Wearing bed socks has shown that night wakings can be reduced.

In-House News

Sadly this week we lost a client with Multiple Sclerosis. We had provided care 24/7 on a continuous basis since February 2002 via our Live-in Carer Service.

A potential client was visited in Norfolk.

Two new live-in carers were placed on the Register and one interview took place in Norfolk.

A Care Manager attended a 'Train the Trainer' Manual Handling Course.

I attended the Norfolk Care Conference with Judith, our Registered Manager. Three local MP’s were there and Minister Norman Lamb gave a presentation. The event was very well attended with approx. 200 people present from both the care home and domiciliary sectors.

The message was very much on, very little more money so we all have to work together, the statutory, voluntary and independent sectors. However, this is not happening at the moment as the following incident demonstrates:

A carer for an older client of ours was to be given some NHS training for his client an older gentleman. His local surgery would not give the training and the local hospital would not help. The result was a 26 mile trip for the older gentleman and his carer to another hospital. The training was for a simple procedure.

Interesting Information

Famous people who are reported as having had Alzheimer’s disease:
  1. George Melly, English Jazz singer
  2. Eddie Waring, Rugby commentator
  3. Glen Campbell, Country singer
  4. Perry Como, Singer
  5. Charles Bronson, Actor
  6. Ronald Regan, President of the United States
  7. Harold Wilson, British Prime Minister

Client Profile

Norman is a farmer and loves the outdoor life. His family knowing that it was his wish to continue to live in his own home but knowing he required help as he became frail began by introducing Norman to a live–in carer package by having odd weeks of respite care provide by a live-in care worker in his own home. Norman was happy with the care he received and early in May this year, he agreed for the live-in care worker package to be continuous. Noreen, his first live-in care worker is now one of three regular live-in care workers on his regular roster.

An Apology

I recently reported that people on some State Financial Benefits would as last year, be able to purchase postage stamps at reduced prices. A few readers queried this information and for clarification I checked with the Royal Mail. The information I had read and passed on was incorrect; the Royal Mail confirmed that there would be NO reductions this festive season.

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