January 02, 2014 -- Able Newsflash No.405

Care News

The Friends of Peterborough Hospital have paid for a £1,000 suit to help staff work with obese patients.

The suit will be worn by staff which is designed to give them the proportions of a 40 stone (254kg) person and restrict their movements relative to the ‘weight’.

The suit is designed to help reduce injuries to both staff and patients when moving and handling techniques are required but because of the weight of a person need to be used in a different format.

The number of patients who have weighed over 28 stone (180kg) at Peterborough Hospital have risen from 6 in 2010 to 52 in 2013.

More than 450,000 frail elderly and disabled people who would until recently have received state-funded care have been shut of the system because of pressure to cut numbers, a stark new report concludes.

The academic study, published as MPs prepare to debate the Government’s long-awaited overhaul of care, found that almost 40 per cent of those who would have had some help with basic tasks such as washing and dressing less than a decade ago are now left to fend for themselves.

It comes as an alliance of 75 charities warned that the Government’s good intentions in overhauling the system risk being completely undermined by a “black hole” in funding for social care.

The report, by researchers at the London School of Economics, describes cuts in the last two years alone as “without precedent in the history of adult social care”.

(Source: the Telegraph)

A freedom of information request, has disclosed that the Dept. of Health made 4,620 frontline staff compulsorily redundant between 2010 and 2013, and a further 2,430 voluntarily redundant.Labour, which obtained the DH's response, said it did not specify how many of each type of staff were made redundant. But the 7,060 total does include doctors, nurses, midwives, health visitors, ambulance staff and qualified scientific, therapeutic and technical staff, the DH said.

(Source: the Guardian)

Question of the Week

"My husband has a lung disease and I would like to locate a club or association for him to join, to meet other people and to keep up to date with anything that might help him with his condition. We live in Yorkshire."

Answer : The British Lung Foundation runs groups under the name of ‘Breathe Easy’ and there are over 230 groups in the UK. If you visit their website at www.blf.org.uk/breatheeasy‎ you will be able to look at their map and find the group nearest to your home.

Winter Tip

One in three burglars do not need to use any force to gain entry into a home so where possible:(Police Advice)

In-House News

All of our clients who required care cover for Christmas and the New Year received it. We had one emergency which was resolved on Boxing Day by a live-in carer who travelled 30 miles to replace a live-in carer who needed to leave her placement for personal reasons.

Already we are pleased to say we have received application forms for people who require cover in 2014. One assessment visit took place on the 30th December to work in with a family's plans.

For This Week Only – Interesting Quotes

"It is only after you have lost your teeth that you can afford to buy steaks"
Pierre Auguste Renoir

"I am having difficulty getting the doctors around here to sign the appropriate form."
Spike Milligan, on seeking permission to celebrate his 80th birthday with a 12,000ft sky dive.

"I love life – that’s my secret."
The Queen Mother.

On the Queen Mother: "Before I went to St Andrews she gave me a farewell lunch. As she said goodbye she said ‘Any good parties, invite me down’. But there was no way. I knew full well if I invited her down she would dance me under the table."
Prince William

Client Profile

Just a statistic this week: Able Community Care has been providing live-in care cover on a continuous basis for one of our clients for 6,874 days.