August 23, 2007 -- Able Newsflash No.81

Care News

5000 newly qualified nurses and over 1000 newly qualified physiotherapists cannot find permanent jobs.

The NHS Vacancy Survey of March 2007 found that at that time there were 1695 vacancies for qualified nurses and 63 vacancies for physiotherapists.

Age Concern have launched a campaign Feet for Purpose to bring to attention the fact that older people are being left housebound and disabled by the lack of provision of foot-care services. The Office of National Statistics in 2001 suggested that over a third of people over the age of 65 (this is over 2 million people) could not cut their own toenails.

In some areas NHS chiropody services did not exist, in some areas services are being reduced and in others there are long waiting lists.

Age Concern is calling on the DOH to include chiropody in the NHS maximum waiting time target of 18 weeks.

The recent television documentary concerning the lives of Mr and Mrs Pointon as they lived through the reality of Mr Pointon having Alzheimer�s disease has decided the Government to make his widow, Barbara an advisor on dementia.

In-House News

Potential clients have been visited in Norfolk, Essex, Northumberland, Yorkshire and Birmingham.

Risk assessments, reviews and monitoring visits have taken place in Stockport, Cheltenham and in South Wales.

Interesting Information

Scotland's NHS health phone line has taken 5.5 million calls since its launch in 2002. The figure for 2006 was 1.5 million
(Source: The Scotsman)

Age Concern research has shown that Grandparents spend on average, six and a half hours per week looking after their grandchildren when their parents are at work.

In 2006 there were 995 people with MS in Norfolk and 835 people in Suffolk. Cornwall has the highest number of sufferers on mainland UK but the highest number of people with the illness live in Orkney.

Question answered in August 2006:

Question - Our local shop has now shut and I can only get into town by bus. This takes about an hour. If I shop for food for the week it is too heavy for me to carry from shop to shop and taxi fares are expensive. I am considering applying for Meals on Wheels but I understand that is only for a main meal of the day. Are there other options?

Answer - There are independent businesses that deliver ready made meals and if you look in Yellow Pages you should be able to contact them. However, there is one company I know of that is a little different. It delivers, in a freezer pack, main meals, desserts and snacks together. The pack is meant to cover a seven day period and the menu for one of their packs includes a roast beef dinner, sausages and mash, shepherds pie and a fish pie, plus three other main meals. Also included in the pack is ham, there are rolls, sandwich fillers and a jacket potato. Desserts include spotted dick and a raspberry trifle.

The company is a franchise company, Home Farm Food Services and the above is only a small example of what they can supply. For a brochure and details of your nearest depot call them on 0800 7838753.

We hope you have enjoyed reading this and "see you next week".

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.