May 15, 2014 -- Able Newsflash No.424

Care News

OPAAL (Older People’s Advocacy Alliance – Advocating Change for Older People) have launched the publication ‘Every Step of the Way’ which has 13 stories illustrating the difference that independency advocacy can make to older people affected by cancer. You can download the publication by going to their web site at:

Patients waited more than a week to see their GP on almost 50 million occasions last year, according to figures that illustrate the delays people face when accessing basic NHS care.

An analysis by the Royal College of GPs found that 47 million GP appointments in 2013 – one in six of all consultations – involved a wait of at least seven days to see a doctor or nurse.

In 2012, the figure was 40 million – suggesting a rise of 17 per cent, year on year. If the trend continues, projections suggest that next year 57 million GP appointments will involve a wait of a week or more.

Senior doctors last night warned GPs were buckling under the demands of an ageing population, and that too often only those who “shouted the loudest” were able to secure help quickly. Experts said some patients were forced to wait even longer than a week, with delays of up to a month for appointments at some surgeries.
(Source: The Telegraph)

Zimmer frames help mobility and they are widely available. You can purchase them in a supermarket and online. However, unless you are aware of what to consider before purchase, the models available and possible better alternatives you may end up with a frame that is inappropriate for you.

A visit to Clearwell Mobility’s web site gives details of various Zimmer frames, information as to how to assess the correct size for an individual and offers possible alternatives.

Question of the Week

"Is it possible to get any funding to help a disabled teenager participate in sport?"

Answer : It may be possible to obtain funding from charities especially locally. The place to check such information would be the sports and leisure department of your local council who may have contact details.

Spring Tip of the Week

Mirrors can seem confusing for older people with dementia. It may be that they do not recognise themselves, mistake the person in the mirror for someone else and may be startled and experience further confusion.

It is better to remove large mirrors and replace them with smaller ones, or hang higher on the wall.

In-House News

A client assessment took place in The Channel Islands and the care package commenced in the same week for an elderly gentleman with dementia. Care Manager is Sam, weekly wage £550.00pw plus travel.

Norfolk client monitoring visits have taken place.

One live-in care worker was interviewed.

A presentation was made to a group of Financial Advisors in Dorset.

Able Community Care staff took part in a Quiz to raise funds for the Benjamin Foundation, a Norfolk charity.

Interesting Information/Statistics

67 million children worldwide are not attending school. 22.5 million of these are disabled children. (Source: UNESCO)

Unused prescribed medicines cost the NHS in the UK an estimated £300m every year.

Almost three million people in the UK are estimated to have osteoporosis.

The combined cost of hospital and social care for patients with a hip fracture amounts to more than £2.3billion per year in the UK – that’s approximately £6 million a day

Client Profile of the Week

Dora who is in her 70’s was cared for by her husband. Dora needed care as a result of a stroke which left her with a left side paralysis. Sadly, her husband can no longer care for her and it was decided that a Live-in Care Worker package would be the answer. Dora has two regular care workers with whom she goes shopping, visits garden centres and has lunches out.

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