August 07, 2014 -- Able Newsflash No.436

Care News

The number of patients with recorded diagnosis of dementia increases by 62 per cent over seven years:

July 30, 2014: Provisional figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) show 344,000 patients had a recorded diagnosis of dementia in 2013-14.

From Public Health England on 31st July 2014:

Public Health England released a report containing new analysis showing that men who have a large waist circumference of over 102cm (40.2 inches) are 5 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. Women with a large waist circumference of over 88cm (34.7 inches) are 3 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes.

Currently 90% of adults with type 2 diabetes are overweight or obese and the prevalence of both obesity and diabetes are on the increase. At present, 100 people each week in the UK have a limb amputated as a result of diabetes and diabetic eye disease is the main cause of preventable blindness in the working age population in England and Wales.

Diabetes is a serious public health issue; by 2030 the total number of adults with all types of diabetes is projected to rise to 4.6 million or 9.5% of the adult population.

Figures from the Age UK Press/Media in June this year show that since June 2010 an estimated 1,928,255 bed days have been lost to the NHS at a cost of over £526 million to the tax payer, because people’s hospital discharges have been delayed as they wait for social care.

There is no age breakdown available for patients affected by delayed hospital discharge, but we know many are older people.

Older people are having to wait on average one day longer in hospital before finding a place in a residential care home compared to the position in 2010.

Patients waiting to be transferred to a residential home in 2013/14 wait an average of 30 days, while someone who needs grab rails or ramps fitted at home waits 27.3 days, 11.5% longer than in 2010. People waiting for a social care package to be put together before they can go home are having to wait an average of 28.6 days in total, 5% longer than in 2010.

An NHS bed costs around £1900 a week compared to about £530 for a place in residential care.

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Question of the Week

"Do you have to have an eyesight test before being able to use a mobility scooter?"

Answer : No, but the following information comes from the Gov.UK webpage:

There is no legal eyesight requirement to drive mobility scooters or powered wheelchairs, but you should be able to read a car’s registration number from a distance of 12.3 metres (40 feet).

You must check that you can still do this regularly.

You might have to pay compensation if you have an accident and poor eyesight was part of the cause.

Summer Tip of the Week

Approximately one in four people suffer with hay fever in the UK and if you visit the NHS Choices website you can pick up some tips on how to avoid the causes and reduce the symptoms:

In-House News

Potential client visits were carried out in Leicestershire and Norfolk.

Potential live-in care worker interviewed in Norfolk.

Enquiries with reference to the Live-in Care Service we offer came from 20 different counties in the month of July.

Interesting Information/Statistics

Stroke facts and statistics for your area like the ones below can be found on the Stroke Association website:

Yorkshire & Humber:

East Midlands: East of England:
The length of life of an eyelash is approx. 3 months and on average one to five eyelashes will fall out each day.

Client Profile of the Week

Richard is a gentleman in his mid-forties. Twelve years ago he was diagnosed with progressive MS.

In order to remain in his own home, Richard’s high dependency care needs meant he required a care package for 24 hours per day.

In 2006 Able Community Care began providing Richard with a live-in care package. His current care needs are such that an outside hourly care agency comes in a certain times of the day to assist his live-in care workers.

Richard has two main live-in care workers on his rotational care worker package; one was introduced to Richard in 2008 and the second carer in 2012.

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