February 20, 2014 -- Able Newsflash No.412

Care News

Since 1996 the number of people diagnosed with diabetes has increased from 1.4 million to 2.9 million. By 2025 it is estimated that five million people will have diabetes. Most of these cases will be Type 2 diabetes, because of our ageing population and rapidly rising numbers of overweight and obese people.
Source:www.diabetes.org.uk/About_us


Parliament in Belgium has passed a bill allowing euthanasia for terminally ill children without any age limit, by 86 votes to 44, with 12 abstentions.

When, as expected, the bill is signed by the king, Belgium will become the first country in the world to remove any age limit on the practice.
Source: www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-26181615


Clint Eastwood has been credited with saving the life of a golf tournament director in California who was choking on a piece of cheese. The actor reportedly saw that gentleman was in difficulty and performed the Heimlich manoeuvre on him.

Question of the Week

"My husband is several years older than I am and I still work part – time. Recently, I have come home from work to find him out and I have not known where. In the last few months he has shown several incidents of confusion and I am worried when I do not know where he is. Are you aware of any type of monitor such as a GPS tracking device that may be suitable and do you know of anyone who has experience of using such a system?"

Answer : The organisation whom you should contact is The Alzheimer’s Association. They have a page on their website titled ‘Safer Walking Technology’ which you will find of help. You can also call them to discuss the subject further.
Details are at: www.alzheimers.org.uk/site/scripts/services_info.php?serviceID=137

Winter Tip

This is the time of the year when we are thinking about spring and summer holidays. If you are a wheelchair user and thinking of travelling by car to your holiday accommodation in the UK think about hiring a wheelchair from a local aids and equipment shop. Last year, taking a relative on holiday, we hired one for a week which was brought to and collected from the self catering appartment and the cost for the week was £25.00 and no stress around trying to fit a wheelchair into the boot with the luggage!

In-House News

A potential client visit has taken place in Norfolk.

Monitoring visits have also taken place in Norfolk in the last seven days, a client review in Hertfordshire and a spot check in Essex.

Three potential care workers have been interviewed and one placed on the Register.

After a surprise inspection from CQC, a draft report has been received. One recommendation that is statutory we were told we were unaware of. When we queried this with a further inspector from CQC, this person was not aware of this statutory requirement either. Further investigation is taking place.

Interesting Information

The oldest known prosthesis was found in Capri in 1858. It was a leg and was made of copper and wood and thought to have been made around 300BC.

It was unfortunately moved to London where it was destroyed during the bombing during World War 11.

Left handed people make up approximately 10% of the world population.

Client Profile

Norman is 89 years of age and living in a small, rural town. In 2012 after being discharged from hospital he and his family decided a live-in carer scheme could support him in his own home allowing him to continue his many hobbies and provide a safe, supportive care system. Norman has two regular live-in carers who were both introduced into his home in April 2013.

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