May 29, 2014 -- Able Newsflash No.426

Care News

Hundreds of thousands of patients are being sent home from hospital in the middle of the night, despite a promise to cut down on the practice.

More than 300,000 people have been discharged from hospitals between 11pm and 6am since 2012, an average of 400 a night.

Many of them are elderly, giving rise to concerns that vulnerable people may be unsafe or struggle to get home at unsociable hours.

The figures, uncovered through Freedom of Information requests by Sky News, revealed that in almost half of cases the proportion of patients discharged overnight also increased.

Some 72 of England's 160 NHS trusts provided figures for all three years, suggesting that the true number of patients discharged during the night is likely to be much higher.

Of the 72 trusts that replied, 152,472 patients were discharged between 11pm and 6am in 2011/12, rising to 152,479 in 2013/14.

The figures also revealed that 20,152 of those patients were aged over 75 in 2011/12; 19,728 in 2012/13 and 18,548 in 2013/14.
Source:Courier and Daily Mail

Just 8% of men and 15% of women entering care aged 85 today are likely to reach the new social care cap. These figures were given by The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries.

Unison - See Me Hear Me Know Me guidelines have been developed to support residential, day and domiciliary care providers meet the needs of older LGBT people.

The guidelines have been endorsed by the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority and are likely to feature as a future inspection theme.

The booklet can be downloaded from:

Question of the Week

"Where can I obtain a ‘Can’t Wait’ card?"

Answer : The Bladder and Bowel Foundation can provide a 'Just can't wait' toilet card'. You can show this card when asking to use the toilet at a shop, restaurant or other UK business. It doesn't guarantee access to their toilets (as every business has different health and safety rules), but it proves you have a genuine medical condition that requires the urgent use of a toilet. Most places will try to help you.

Call the B&BF on 01536 533 255 to get a card or download the application form from the web site:

Spring Tip of the Week

Don’t forget to call!

If you have a disability and are travelling by train you can get assistance getting on or off the train, have ramps provided in order to get your wheelchair on and off the train and if you have a sight impairment a guide to help you.

Help is easily obtained by contacting the train company that manages the station you are travelling from but try and give them at least 24 hours notice of your need for their assistance.

In-House News

Preliminary assessment visits have taken place in Sussex and Norfolk.

Two prospective live-in care workers have been interviewed this week.

A new post has commenced in Cornwall for a gentleman with needs relative to his dementia. Care Manager is Colin; weekly wage is £585.00pw Inc.

All our clients were covered over the bank holiday period. An emergency situation did occur but was covered by our own staffing resources

Interesting Information/Statistics

Health Quotes;

Client Profile of the Week

Kenneth and his family came to Able Community Care in 2011.

Kenneth, in his middle 90’s needed some help because of his poor sight and frailty. An independent man, his main hobby was sport and he had a wish to remain living in his own home.

His live-in care package began in 2011 and his first care worker remains on his regular rota of live-in carers.

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