June 05, 2014 -- Able Newsflash No.427

Care News

GPs have rejected a motion put to their annual conference proposing that the BMA should work with UK governments to introduce a mechanism through which patients could be charged for GP services.

Representatives attending the BMA’s conference of local medical committees in York voted against the parts of the motion that called on the BMA’s General Practitioners Committee to "explore national charging for general practice services with UK governments" and "to consider alternative funding mechanisms for general practice."

(Source: BMJ)

The number of people taking out Lasting Power of Attorney has increased significantly in recent years, with 150,000 registered in 2010/11 and 183,000 in 2011/12 and 229,000 2012/13 An increase of 25% over the last year.

(Source: www.gov.uk/government/news/new-online-application-service-for-lasting-powers-of-attorney-lpa)

Mencap launches a new campaign a year ahead of the General Election to ensure the voice of learning disability community is heard by candidates.

With the 2015 General Election less than a year away, Mencap is setting the wheels in motion to mobilise the grassroots movement that the charity was born from almost 70 years ago.

Through the Hear my voice campaign, Mencap is uniting the voices of the millions of people with a learning disability, their families, campaigners and hundreds of Mencap local groups across the UK to ensure the next government addresses the key issues facing people with a learning disability and their families.

Question of the Week

"I would like to know more about equity release. Is there a straight forward booklet or information sheet I could get?"

Answer : There are several but the one you may wish to obtain, which is comprehensive is the one published by The Money Advice Service and entitled, "Equity release schemes – raising money from your home".

Go to their website at: www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/articles/equity-release to download or send for the booklet.

Spring Tip of the Week

That light bulb that needs changing, the gate catch which needs repairing, the door chain that needs to be fitted. Such jobs are small but many elderly people are unable to carry them out safely.

Many cities, towns and villages have free handy person services run by local groups, charities, etc. If you have an elderly relation and cannot get to them to help out with such jobs, ring the local Age UK/Social Services to find out one which service is nearby.

In-House News

A potential client assessment was carried out in Suffolk this week and client monitoring visits took place in Hertfordshire.

A live-in care worker was interviewed in Hampshire.

Three new client posts have commenced this week:

Statistic - In the last two months we have turned down 11 potential live-in care workers after processing their applications.

Interesting Information/Statistics

In England, 99% of us are never more than 20 minutes away by car from a pharmacy.

The fastest growing nail is on the middle finger. The slowest – on the thumbnail.

Client Profile of the Week

In 2003, Nell made a decision that she needed some help with her domestic tasks after suffering a stroke. In addition Nell wanted companionship, wanted a live-in care worker who would take her out and prepare home cooked food. Thirteen years later, Nell now requires a little help with her personal care but is still happily living in her home.

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