July 31, 2014 -- Able Newsflash No.435

Care News

Overweight staff may be provided with larger office chairs, lifts and priority parking by their employers, following a European court judgement earlier this month.

The chief legal adviser to the European Court of Justice, Niilo Jaaskinen, said it was ‘unlawful’ to discriminate against a person if their weight affects their work, as they would technically be classified as disabled.

The test case comes following a claim by Karsten Kaltoft, a Danish childminder who was dismissed by the local city council in 2010 for reportedly being unable to bend down and tie his shoelaces. Kaltoft weighed more than 160kg at the time of the claim.

The judgement, which will be considered by senior judges at the full court in coming months, is likely to affect anyone classified as severely or morbidly obese, and considered under the Equality Act 2010.

(Source: Express.co.uk)

A report examining GP out-of-hours services from the National Audit Office has revealed that the total number of cases handled by GP out-of-hours services has fallen by 2.8 million since 2008. The significant fall is partly due to the introduction of the NHS 111 telephone service. Key figures from the report include:

(Source: CQC website)

The charity Motability re-negotiates car prices with car manufacturers every three months to make sure that people with a disability receive the best prices when they wish to purchase a car. The latest car prices for July-September 2014 are now available to view on their Car Search site, with over 2000 models to choose from, and over 500 available at nil Advance Payments. Motability's website is www.motability.co.uk

Question of the Week

"I understood that if you retired to an EU country before the official pension age, any medical help that you needed could be provided by the country’s healthcare system for a couple of years and reimbursement would then be given to them by the NHS. Has this changed?"

Answer : Yes. From July 1st 2014, the NHS will no longer reimburse another EU country for healthcare costs by non-working British people under pensionable age. Previously you could apply for a form called a Residual S1 which would enable you to have up to 30 months of healthcare paid for by the UK. This scheme has now ceased. People who are already on the 30 month scheme will maintain entitlement until the time period expires and the new rule does not apply to those British people who are of pensionable age.

For further advice, contact the Overseas Healthcare Team (DWP):

Overseas Healthcare Team
Room MO601, Durham House
Tyne & Wear
NE38 7SF

Phone 0191 218 1999 (Monday to Friday 8am–5pm).

Summer Tip of the Week

If you are interested in gardens and are a wheelchair user, the Royal Horticultural Society cannot provide an attendant to push you round any of their gardens, but one companion is admitted free of charge per visitor whose disability necessitates assistance.

For further details of their gardens and their partner gardens visit their web site at www.rhs.org.uk

In-House News

Potential clients were visited in London and in Norfolk.

A new live-in care worker went on the Register and two attended for interviews.

New posts have commenced in:

Interesting Information/Statistics

An Aspirin a day
The ability of aspirin to prevent heart attacks and stroke was first proposed in the 1940's when doctors observed that children who were given aspirin-laced chewing gum to relieve pain after a tonsillectomy, bled more than those who did not have the gum.

It was reasoned that if aspirin caused bleeding it could prevent clotting; the cause of heart attacks. Because these initial studies were published in obscure journals the recommendation to take an aspirin a day to prevent heart attacks was not adopted.

It wasn’t until the 1970s, when adequately controlled trials established that this was true, that doctors routinely started recommending aspirin.

Source: www.aspree.org/AUS/aspree-content/aspirin/history-aspirin.aspx

Obesity is estimated to affect around one in every four adults and around one in every five children aged 10 to 11 in the UK.

Client Profile of the Week

Harold was born in 1922 and needs to be cared for due to his frailty. Harold is a gentleman who likes routine which includes going to church each Sunday, meals at set times and a nightly lock up routine.

His live-in care package commenced in early January 2012 and his first live-in care worker is one of the regulars on his rota of liked care workers.

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