February 27, 2014 -- Able Newsflash No.413

Care News

The Government has announced a £50million input to support new ideas in GP areas in nine pilot sites across England.

Ideas such as:

The trials will be carried out during 2014/2015.

Around 175,000 people in England pay their care home fees themselves, while 143,000, those with few assets and/or low incomes have their care home place paid for them by their local authority.

However a further 56,000 people are somewhere in-between these two positions; they have their care home fees paid by the council only in part.

A further 29,000 people have their care home place paid for from NHS funding.

Hospital admissions for anxiety increased with age and were highest among older women, new figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) show.

In the 12 months to November 2013 almost three out of ten anxiety admissions were women aged 60 and over, with 65 to 69 the most common age group of female patient admissions. The most common age group for male patient admissions was 45 to 49.

The report also looks at hospital admissions for stress which were highest in girls aged 15 to 19 years and men aged 40 to 44 years and three quarters of patients were under 50 years old.

Question of the Week

"I live abroad and my Mother, who is elderly has found a private care worker. Is it possible for us to get a criminal record check?"

Answer : The Criminal Records Bureau and the Independent Safeguarding Authority have now merged to become the Disclosure and Barring Service and CRB checks are now called DBS checks. With the full cooperation of the care worker you can apply to get an up to date disclosure and you will therefore find it helpful to go to the website at: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/disclosure-and-barring-service

Winter Tip

Choosing a shower for an older person is not necessarily the same as choosing one for a younger person. Power showers may not be suitable for an older person, they tend to be a force of water and can momentarily confuse. Many older people wish to sit in their shower and often a shower which can be used in their hands is more appropriate and enables independence.

In-House News

One new live-in care worker has passed all our requirements and has been entered onto our Register of Care Workers. A further interview of a potential live-in care worker took place this week.

A new post has commenced in Norfolk for an older lady who is frail and needs support. Care Manager is Colin and the weekly wage is £550.00 inc.

Interesting Information

Worldwide, about 3,500 heart transplants are performed annually.

More than 70,000 knee replacements are carried out in England and Wales each year, and the number is rising.

Client Profile

Nora lives in a small town in the county where she was born and has lived all her life.

Now in her 90’s Nora maintains her interest in local matters and events.

In 2013 Nora’s memory began to decline to an unsafe level and she decided, with her family, that to remain in her own home safely, a live-in care package should be considered. A live-in care package was introduced and has continued since that time.

Nora has two regular, live-in carers who support her in her domestic, personal and social care requirements.

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