STRENGTH IN NUMBERS

Strength in Numbers dedicated to my late mother Kay

Mencap worker suspended over man in wheelchair piled with shopping

A picture shared on Facebook appears to show female carer smoking next to an elderly man with bags piled on his lap

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A Mencap support worker has been suspended after a photograph emerged apparently showing shopping bags piled on a client in a wheelchair, obscuring his vision.

The learning disability charity said it was appalled by the image, which shows a female carer smoking and talking on the phone next to an elderly man, who has several bags on a lap tray on his wheelchair. The image was posted to the charity’s Facebook page by Charlotte Shaw, who was concerned after seeing the image shared online.

“One of your staff in the Leicestershire area smoking whilst on the phone in Leicester shoving all her shopping bags on top of him with no care in the world,” she wrote in a post accompanying the photograph. “I don’t think she should work with vulnerable people,” she added. Steve Baker, regional director of services at Mencap, confirmed the charity had suspended the worker.

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http://goo.gl/kw8qeA

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Care of vulnerable people ‘put in danger’

The dignity, heath and wellbeing of older people and those with disabilities in England are in danger, health and care groups warn.

In a joint submission to the Treasury ahead of November’s Spending Review, 20 organisations said the care sector was facing a “deepening crisis”. They have called for funding to councils to be protected, as is happening with the NHS. Ministers said investment in health would also benefit the care sector.

The government pointed out that plans were being put in place to ensure greater joint working between the two sectors that would relieve some of the pressures. However, the signatories of the submission, who include leaders of councils, the NHS, care providers and charities, said that they still feared for the future.

The document said that the market was “fragile” with councils forced to freeze fees and providers exiting the sector. The submission said this was driving up prices for those who fund themselves and leading to fewer people getting state-funded support. While the government has pledged an extra £8bn a year for the NHS by 2020, social care has received no such assurances.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-34310729?SThisFB

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Filed under: Care Homes, Disabilities, Elderly, Hospital, , , ,

NHS delays leave injured soldiers waiting MONTHS for new limbs: One veteran was left wheelchair-bound for eight months while waiting for prosthetics to be refitted

  • Wounded veterans are having to wait months for prosthetic legs that fit
  • NHS delays have left Clive Smith, 29, wheelchair-bound for eight months
  • He was provided with useless prosthetics after losing both legs in 2010
  •  Mr Smith, who competed in the Invictus Games, said he feels ‘abandoned’

NHS delays are leaving badly wounded Afghanistan veterans wheelchair-bound because many are having to wait months for prosthetic legs that actually fit properly, it has emerged. The girlfriend of one injured soldier accused doctors of ‘sheer incompetence’ after providing her partner with prosthetic limbs that are effectively useless. Clive Smith, who competed in the Invictus Games for injured veterans, has been confined to a wheelchair for eight months while he waits for his new limbs to be refitted.

The 29-year-old, who lost both his legs in 2010 while on a mine-clearing patrol in Helmand province, with 33 Engineer Regiment, says he feels ‘abandoned by the NHS’.  ‘It’s been tough. I’ve been a full-time prosthetics user for four years and now I’m wheelchair bound,’ he said. ‘We were told we would get the same level of care for my prosthetics on the NHS, but it just hasn’t been.’

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3187629/NHS-delays-leave-injured-soldiers-waiting-MONTHS-new-limbs.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

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‘Abandoned: Clive Smith, has been confined to a wheelchair for eight months while he waits for prosthetic legs that actually fit properly

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Urgent action pledged on over-medication of people with learning disabilities

NHS England has today promised rapid and sustained action to tackle the over-prescribing of psychotropic drugs to people with learning disabilities after three separate reports highlighted the need for change.

Research commissioned by the health body and delivered in three reports from the Care Quality Commission, Public Health England, and NHS Improving Quality has found that:

  • There is a much higher rate of prescribing of medicines associated with mental illness amongst people with learning disabilities than the general population, often more than one medicine in the same class, and in the majority of cases with no clear justification;
  • Medicines are often used for long periods without adequate review, and;
  • There is poor communication with parents and carers, and between different healthcare providers.

One of the reports, authored by Public Health England, estimates that up to 35,000 adults with a learning disability are being prescribed an antipsychotic, an antidepressant or both without appropriate clinical justification.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.england.nhs.uk/2015/07/14/urgent-pledge/

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‘Embrace the disability’ 4 parents share the pain and joy of raising a child with autism

On World Autism Awareness Week these four devoted parents speak about the challenges and rewards they face on a daily basis

Two weeks ago, the story of Odin Cumus’s birthday triggered a huge and heart-warming response worldwide. It also generated crucial awareness around the challenges someone with autism faces. In particular, the story struck a chord with many parents raising children with autism, who are familiar with the misunderstanding and exclusion autistic people and their families experience.

With World Autism Awareness Week this week, four parents have written about the highs, lows trials and rewards of bringing up a child on the autistic spectrum. By doing so, they have provided an emotional and much-needed insight in to what is often described as an invisible disability.

Please click on the link to read their stories

http://www.mirror.co.uk/lifestyle/family/embrace-disability-4-parents-share-5447834

Please watch Sarah Alderson’s video creating awareness for Autism

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Care system gets ‘biggest shake-up in 60 years’

 Major changes to the care system in England are being introduced on Wednesday in what is being dubbed the biggest shake-up for 60 years.

The Care Act 2014 includes rights for those receiving care and those who provide it to their loved ones. It includes standards for access to services from care homes to help in the home for tasks such as washing and dressing. Meanwhile, NHS and care budgets are being merged in Scotland.

The Public Bodies (Joint Working) Act has been described as the most substantial reform north of the border for a generation.  It effectively forces councils and the NHS to work together to provide more streamlined services. That aim is also a major topic of debate in England in the election campaign with the Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats, UKIP and Greens all having plans for greater integration. But the changes coming into force in England on Wednesday apply only to the care system for older people and younger adults with disabilities.

The BBC has launched an online guide to the care system for the over-65s. The “care calculator” covers residential care and the support provided in people’s own homes, for tasks such as washing and dressing. Users can submit their postcode and find out how much each service costs where they live in the UK.

Click on the link to read more and also about the BBC Cost of Care project

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-32136209

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Are you receiving care or providing care for a loved one? What do you think of these changes? You can email haveyoursay@bbc.co.uk with your experience.

Please include a telephone number if you are willing to be contacted by a BBC journalist.

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Award Winning Poet – Adam Bojelian. February 2000 – March 2015. Fly high with all the other Angels Adam. RIP

I was shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of Adam Bojelian.  Such a talented, strong, courageous, and selfless young man.

Adam’s blog is on my links section under Disabilities… Writing by blinking – In The Blink Of An Eye.

This link below is from an article published in The Daily Mail 20th December 2012 about Adam’s life

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2251086/Paralysed-schoolboy-12-amazes-mother-writes-Christmas-song-BLINKING.html

YouTube – Published on 14 Jan 2015. Words and music by Adam Bojelian aka AdsthePoet

Adam requested his family set up the page below in his memory for . Please donate

https://www.justgiving.com/AdamBojelian15

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Mentally ill ‘die earlier due to NHS failures’

People with mental illnesses and intellectual disabilities are dying earlier as a result of a failure to address their needs by the NHS, the doctors’ union has warned.
Urgent action is needed to ensure equal value is placed on both patients’ mental and physical health in the face of “distressing” evidence about the life expectancy of the mentally ill and people with learning disabilities, a report by the British Medical Association (BMA) board
of science has said.

Please click on the link to read more

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/mentally-ill-die-earlier-due-to-nhs-failures-9324858.html

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