August 21, 2014 -- Able Newsflash No.438

Care News

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

This is a rise from 319,000 in 2012/13 and from 213,000 in 2006/07, when the data was first collected.

(Source: News Alzheimer’s Association)

It is often difficult and expensive to get travel, home and motor insurance for people with a health condition.

For people with Parkinson’s and their family, friends and carers this has just been made easier.

Parkinson’s UK has teamed up with Unique, an established insurance company who will offer insurance for people with pre-existing medical conditions.

A third of the commission for each policy taken out will be donated to Parkinson’s UK. Details can be found on the Parkinson’s web site:

25th July – News Business BBC

People with disabilities face a "premium" of £550 a month owing to extra transport, insurance and living costs, a charity has claimed.

Scope said that the benefits available to disabled people did not cover the extra cost, at only £360 a month. The findings will now be studied by a commission aiming to find out how disabled consumers can get better deals.

It will spend a year interviewing disabled people and organisations.

Financial penalty - The research by Scope suggested that one in 10 disabled people paid more than £1,000 a month extra on their lives owing to their disability.

Common extra costs included taking a taxi to work and paying for specialist equipment such as wheelchairs. However, there was also a premium on more specialist items, such as lightweight kettles and cutlery for those who face difficulties using their hands.

Insurance costs tended to be higher, most notably for travel, the charity found.

"We want to end this financial penalty. That is why we are launching a commission to find ways to drastically bring down the premium disabled people pay," said Richard Hawkes, chief executive of Scope.

People with disabilities do receive financial help from the benefits system. However, the Personal Independence Payment and its predecessor, the Disability Living Allowance, still left people with a cost of living shortfall, the charity said.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) said Scope's report pre-dated many benefit changes, but raised some important issues.

Question of the Week

"I am a bit confused as to when I should call the NHS 111 number. What is it actually for?"

Answer : You call 111 when:

Summer Tip of the Week

Fake alcohol which can contain cleaning fluids, nail polish remover and automobile screen wash, as well as methanol and isopropanol which are used in antifreeze and some fuels. Drinking these chemicals can cause nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain, drowsiness and dizziness. Drinking it can lead to kidney or liver problems and even coma. Methanol, the substance which has been found in fake vodka can cause permanent blindness.

The advice given by is:

  1. Make sure you buy from a reputable supermarket, off licence or shop.
  2. packaging look out for: Poor quality labelling, including things like spelling mistakes.
  3. UK duty stamp—spirits in bottles 35cl or larger and 30% ABV or higher have to have a duty stamp, which indicates that tax has either been paid or is due to be paid on the contents of the bottle. They’re usually incorporated into the label or stuck on the glass. If it’s not there, it’s illegal
  4. Properly sealed caps. If the seal is broken, don’t drink it. Even if it’s not illegal, it could have been tampered with.
  5. Fake bar codes. If you have an app on your mobile that scans bar codes, scan it and see if it’s listed as the correct product.
  6. Product: Look out for fake versions of well-known brands and be wary of unusual brand names you haven’t seen before. Vodka, the most commonly counterfeited spirit, shouldn’t have any white particles or sediment in the bottle. If you see this, the vodka could have been diluted with tap water. If any alcohol tastes or smells bad, don't drink it. Particularly look out for the smell of nail varnish.

In-House News

Potential clients were visited last week in London and Norfolk.

Two potential live-in carers were interviewed.

A new post has commenced in Leicestershire for an older lady requiring general support. Care Manager is Colin.

We always try to help people out with an emergency. Last Wednesday we received an enquiry for a live-in care package as a result of an acute problem for a family. We made an assessment visit on Thursday and the live-in care package started on Tuesday of this week.

Interesting Information/Statistics

It is a myth that George Washington has false teeth made of wood. The myth seemed to have originated because his teeth became stained and took on a wooden like appearance. George Washington had several ‘new teeth’ throughout his life and they were made from a range of materials including bone, hippopotamus ivory, other peoples teeth and tied in with a combination of brass, gold and lead at varying times.

There are over 70 main renal units in the UK, and most of these have several 'satellite' units.

Client Profile of the Week

Ethel is in her 80’s and lives in an island situation. In 2013, wanting to remain in her own home but with an increasing dementia problem, a live-in carer package was suggested and taken up.

Ethel goes to a day centre twice a week, which she enjoys and the live-in care worker can take their breaks at this time. Ethel also enjoys home cooking and companionship.

Ethel has two regular live-in care workers.

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