October 16, 2014 -- Able Newsflash No.445

Care News

A YouGov poll showed 48 per cent of the public would support increasing the basic level of National Insurance from 12p to 13p to help fund the NHS.

Doctors must stop prescribing so many antibiotics to patients because overuse is leading to increasing numbers of serious infections proving resistant to them, public health experts say.

The amount of antibiotics handed out by hospital doctors rose by 12% and by GPs by 4% between 2010 and 2013, producing a 6% rise overall, despite growing fears that overeager prescribing risks the drugs no longer being able to be relied upon in many routine operations.

Prescriptions issued in the community, for example by dentists, rose by 32% over the same four years. Public Health England (PHE), which produced the figures, said antibiotic use had to be cut to 2010 levels and 'inappropriate prescribing' had to stop.

It said increasing prescription of antibiotics was leading directly to a rise in the number of potentially life-threatening bloodstream infections that were hard to treat.

As prescription of the drugs has risen, so "the increasing number of E.coli bloodstream infections has seen a corresponding increase in levels of resistance to a number of key antibiotics", PHE said.

The highest rates of resistance in England were seen in places where the largest amounts of antibiotics were prescribed. Doctors in the north of England prescribe more than colleagues in the south, though that may be due to poorer health linked to deprivation, higher smoking rates and other factors, PHE said.

"Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats of our time", said Professor Anthony Kessel, PHE’s director of international health. He urged health professionals and care providers to cut down their use in order to "help save these vital medicines from becoming obsolete".

(Source: The Guardian)

CQC has introduced ‘The Mum Test’ into its inspection process. From October 9th the inspection teams will consider whether the service being inspected is one that they would be happy for someone they love and care for to use. If they are, then CQC will celebrate this through their ratings.

Personal comment – Since inspections came in, first from CSCI and now from CQC, one assumed that this simple fundamental fact was the basis of any inspection that took place!

Question of the Week

"I use a mobility scooter to get around and would like to use it to travel on the rail network. Are there any restrictions in place I need to be aware of?"

Answer : It depends on the train operator for the journeys you wish to take. Different operators may have different restrictions which you will need to check. You will also need to arrange a boarding ramp and possibly a reservation for the space your scooter will take up.

However, it is easy to check and find out which you can do by going to the following web site where you will find the list of all the train operators, their websites and telephone numbers: www.nationalrail.co.uk/stations_destinations/44969.aspx

Autumn Tip of the Week

People fall over trailing flex, rugs on slippery floors, items left in the way, because of poor lighting but another hazard is letters, newspapers and fliers coming through the letterbox. People with poor mobility can easily slip on these items and may find it difficult to bend down to pick the items up.

To eliminate the hazards consider purchasing a letterbox cage which are inexpensive and easy to install.

In-House News

A potential client visit took place in Somerset.

Monitoring visits have taken place in Hertfordshire and Norfolk. Refresher MH training carried out.

One of our Managers attended a refresher First Aid Course.

One potential Live-in Carer was interviewed.

We have assisted one of our clients with their NHS Continuing Care Application both with documentary evidence and attendance at relevant meetings.

The latest edition of the Able Community Care Gazette is now available online at:

Interesting Information/Statistics

Client Profile of the Week

Norma was born in 1928 and suffers with arthritis which affects her ability to mobilize and to carry out the domestic tasks within her home. Norma has local friends and pets and therefore did not wish to move into a care home.

In 2013 Norma decided to try a live-in care package and choose Able Community Care and her local GP Community Team also offered support. Norma and her first live-in carer got on well and this pairing is now on a regular, rotating basis.

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