April 17, 2014 -- Able Newsflash No.420

Care News

During WW1 the British Red Cross had almost a quarter of a million volunteers. The volunteers worked in hospitals, convalescent homes, drove ambulances, etc.

One of these volunteers was the author Agatha Christie who worked for the Red Cross Voluntary Aid Detachment in Torquay.

Now, with the help of a Heritage Lottery Fund Grant, the records of the volunteers will be digitised with the first information batch coming online in August this year.

You can find out further information on the project by going to the British Red Cross website here:

The number of people being cared for at home is increasing. CQC give the information that in 2011/2012 16% more home care services registered with them compared to the previous year. During the first six months of 2013, the numbers again increased by a further 6%.

Kits allowing people to test themselves for HIV at home can be bought over the counter in the UK for the first time - but no kits exist yet in Britain.

The change in the law means it is now legal for people to test and diagnose themselves at home.

Previously, people could carry out tests they ordered online at home and send away their results, but were diagnosed over the phone.

It is hoped the move will help the UK's 25,000 undiagnosed HIV-positive people.

No tests have yet been developed that pass European guidelines, said the government's health regulator.

Home testing for HIV was approved by the government last September but the law only came into effect on Sunday.

The Terrence Higgins Trust HIV charity said the tests could be introduced into the UK this year or in early 2015.

The UK is leading Europe in making the kits available over the counter, but they were introduced to the US in 2012.

(Source: BBC)

Question of the Week

"In London there is a concessionary scheme for disabled and older people to use taxis. Does the scheme operate anywhere else?"

Answer : Some local authorities have set up schemes in their area and will offer a number of concessionary journeys each year. Give your local council a ring for the details of what is available and costs, etc.

Spring Tip of the Week

This is the time of the year when weeds grow and the temptation may be to agree to have your garden tidied up by a ‘gardener’ who knocks on the door and offers to tidy it up for you.

Unfortunately, many such gardeners are not as they seem. Over the last few years Trading Standards have published court cases of gardeners who show logos of garden centres, trade organisations, and advice that they can not only garden but look after your trees etc. and in fact are just rogue traders.

The message is, say no if they knock on your door!

In-House News

A potential client has been visited in Cornwall.

A meeting has taken place with a CCG.

Client care reviews have taken place in Norfolk.

A new post has commenced in Suffolk for an older lady with Parkinson’s Disease. Care Manager is Jackie and the weekly wage is £560.00 inc.

Our presentation ‘Community Care 1601–2014’ was given to a retirement fellowship this week. ‘Goody bags’ containing information about many aspects of seeking care, funding, etc. were given to each person present.

Interesting Information/Statistics

The first effective sunscreen was developed in the 1940’s.

The earliest known evidence of an artificial eye was found in a woman who lived around 2800-2900BC.

Client Profile of the Week

Joan is in her 80’s and although physically fit has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease.

In 2013 her family decided to try a live-in care package and the system has been in place since then. The first live-in care worker introduced to Joan is one of her 3 regular care workers who return to Joan on a regular basis.

A recent comment about Joan’s care package was that Able Community Care had ‘the ability to be flexible and to listen’.

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