May 22, 2014 -- Able Newsflash No.425

Care News

NHS Continuing Care Funding

The following extracts from an article from the Guardian Online reiterates the fact that many people are not claiming, are being rejected, yet have a bona fide claim:

Able Community Care has helped several people through the process of claiming, appealing and with help at subsequent reviews.

The following is taken from the Quality Care Commission web site at:

Meeting the health care needs of people in care homes

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has today published the results of a review of how the healthcare needs of care home residents are met.

It addresses how older people and people with learning disabilities living in care homes access healthcare services, whether they have choice and control over their healthcare and whether they receive care that is safe and respects their dignity.

During this review, our inspection teams visited a sample of 81 care homes within nine PCT areas. They interviewed managers, residents and staff, observed care provided to residents and examined case files.

Key findings:

You can read more about the review and see their key findings in full at the web page given above.

Question of the Week

"Sadly, due to where I am now living I am unable to have a dog. However, I thought it may be possible for me to work on a voluntary basis with dogs, are there any organisations which require volunteers?"

Answer : There are several organisations which seek volunteers for varying work with dogs. Visit Assistance Dogs (UK) where you will find the following organisations who may be currently looking for volunteers;

The web site is:

Spring Tip of the Week

If you want to lose some weight visit: which has a 12 week weight loss guide. Simple instructions and lots of tips. The diet has been drawn up with help from The British Dietetic Association.

In-House News

Potential clients were visited in Norfolk and Suffolk.

One live-in care worker was interviewed. Our recent live-in care worker audit showed that over 55% of our care workers have been with Able Community Care for over 5 years.

A new care package has commenced for an older lady requiring end of life care. Care Manager is Jackie and weekly wage is £565.00 inc.

Applications have also come in this week for our Home from Hospital care package.

Two presentations entitled ‘Community Care 1601 -2014’ were given to WI groups in Norfolk and Suffolk this week.

Please follow us on Twitter at: @AbleComCare.

One tweet from last week - "Home from Hospital request came in on 16th May for care after discharge on 27th May. Confirmation of care worker arrangement sent 19th May."

Interesting Information/Statistics

The NHS gives the following information: 26% of adults in the UK are obese.

In Europe, only Hungary has fatter people than Britain.

The most over weight city in the UK is Glasgow.

Client Profile of the Week

In 2010, Kenneth was approaching his centenary. A widower, he wished to remain in his home, enjoy his garden and his many friends who would come in. A short period of ill health was the catalyst to try a live –in care worker scheme, and this worked well until Kenneth had recovered. A few more such periods, when Kenneth had live-in care cover followed until last year when he decided to have live-in care support continuously.

Kenneth has several regular care workers including one from his first few weeks in 2010.

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