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Carers Are Being Put under More Pressure !

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Around half of carers in England experience problems with their health because of their caring duties, says a major new survey published by The NHS Information Centre.

Nearly a third of the estimated five million carers in England also say they feel stressed and a quarter have disturbed sleep, according to the final report from the Survey of Carers in Households – 2009/10 England – Main Report.

One third report they are left tired from caring and just over one in five say they are short-tempered or irritable due to their duties. Meanwhile three in five anticipate the amount of time they spend caring will increase in the next five years.

The survey, which presented limited provisional results in June 2010, involved the screening and interview of more than 2,400 carers in England.

It suggests that eleven per cent of carers receive Carer’s Allowance, with the figure rising to just under a quarter for those caring for more than 35 hours a week

New findings also released for the first time today show that among all carers:

Four in five say their quality of life is good, but this is less common for those providing more than 20 hours of support per week (just over seven in 10), or those caring for someone in the same household (three-quarters).

Two in five say caring responsibilities affect their personal relationships, social life or leisure time. Of those affected, nearly seven in 10 say they had less time for leisure activities, nearly a third say they are too tired to go out and just under a quarter are unable to go on holiday.

Just over a quarter of carers of working age say caring affects their ability to take up or stay in employment. Less than one in five of all carers were aware of the right to request flexible working hours.

Just over a quarter have been caring for the same person for at least 10 years and just under one in 10 have been caring for more than 20 years.

NHS Information Centre Chief Executive Tim Straughan said: “This survey estimates that about five million people in this country are acting as carers.

“Although most carers seem happy with their quality of life, there are a number of issues affecting them day to day; from their general health to the ability to go out with friends or take time out for a holiday.

“The survey also shows many people have spent longer than a decade acting as a carer, while a substantial number anticipate that the time they spend caring will increase in years to come.”

Woman Fights For Home For Her And Disabled Son !!!

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

A mother who cares for her severely disabled son says her cries for help have fallen on deaf ears.

Kate Mattiasson cares for her 35-year-old son Lee, who has had cerebral palsy and been paralysed since birth, on their home in a caravan park near Liscard, Wallasey.

The 57-year-old sold her house and gave up her job working for a housing association five years ago, after moving him out of a care home where she says he was desperately unhappy.

She has repeatedly asked the district council to provide a more suitable home for the pair, but has been told they cannot help.

“We have been fighting for the past two winters, which have caused us no end of problems,” she said. “When we had the snow, we couldn’t get the district nurse in, I couldn’t get out and we were isolated.

“We need to be near civilisation, where we can walk to the shops and the carers can always get to us.”

The council has now told her to move Lee back into the care home he stayed in before, which she says is not an option.

“Lee responds 110 per cent better when he’s with me. If he could choose to be anywhere, it would be with me and his family and friends around him.”

She added that she even had to fight for a new battery pack for her son’s wheelchair and when it arrived, it was not working.

“I saw a programme on Britain’s fattest man and he gets everything laid on for him,” she said. “Someone like my son, whose disability is not self-inflicted, has to battle for every penny.”

“I have to make sure he’s happy before anything happens to me.”

New Road Saftey Scheme For OAPs !

Friday, January 21st, 2011

A new road safety initiative for senior residents living along one of Liverpools busiest roads is being launched next week.

The course, run by Liverpools Council’s road safety unit, aims to cut the number of fatal and serious accidents on  roads and will be launched at Kirkby Community Centre at 2.15pm.

It has seen several serious accidents involving older pedestrians in the last five years. The scheme hopes to remind senior residents they might need to reconsider their methods if they need to cross.

“We hope that any senior residents who live in the area will attend,” said Mick Wilson of the council’s road safety team.

“Because Merseyside has been allocated this money to specifically help that particular section of the community.”

“We have been in contact with various local groups and we hope that residents will take advantage of the 30 minute simple course, which may prevent future accidents or casualties.”

“It will not only explain the reasoning behind the new pedestrian crossings but will also remind older residents of the need to consider the levels of their hearing, eyesight and mobility.”

New Grant Available For Disabled To Adapt Homes!

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

You’ve enough on your plate if you become disabled to consider moving house. So the next best thing is to adapt your home to your disability.

Luckily the government gives eligible people some grants towards doing so. Unfortunately, you may have to pay part of the cost of adaptation yourself.

VAT Relief For Some Work

If you’re disabled you may find that some building work on adaptations in your home qualifies or VAT relief. The government web site explains exactly what is eligible for VAT relief.

As the site itself explains VAT for the disabled is complex so make sure the builder or installer you choose understands the ins and out of VAT relief.

Getting Disabled Adaptation Grants

The assessment for The Disabled Facilities Grant is usually carried out by an occupational therapist. You may qualify for the grant whether you’re an owner or a tenant.

And some councils give extra help, such as loans. So contact your councils Environmental Health or Housing Department for more details.

Council Tax Reduction

You may find that when you adapt your home for a disabled person you may qualify for a one band reduction in your Council Tax.

As you can see there is plenty of help available to get your home adapted so that you live more easily.

Generous Town Donate Wet Room!

Monday, January 17th, 2011

AN Andover family has been bowled over by the generosity and community spirit shown by people in the town.

The Bestford family from Bere Hill Crescent was shaken to its foundations when son Connor Bestford, aged 17, suffered a massive stroke in June last year.

He was given a 50-50 chance of walking again, and spent several months rehabilitating at Southampton General Hospital.

Now the town’s deep pockets have paid for Connor to receive a mobility scooter and a wet room has been built in the family bathroom.

On hearing about Connor’s stroke local resident Iris Andersen said she walked into Bladez Barbers in London Street – owned by Connor’s mum, Karen – and offered to hold a fundraising event.

The event raised £2,000 for the Bestfords.

“Dave Williams at the Wolversdene Club gave me the use of the Hayward Suite for free,” said Iris.

“Stephen Diamond helped me by doing the auction. A lot of local companies helped. The Mayor and Mayoress, Chris and Frances Lynn, turned up as well.”

Generous regulars at the Foresters Arms in London Street raised £1,500 in just four hours, in an evening which included auctioning some of the men, a raffle, and, a specially made drink called the Connor Colada.

Landlady Anne Evans said: “It was overwhelming. At the end of the night I had a rough estimate on how much was raised and I just couldn’t speak when I went to announce it, and Karen couldn’t speak either.”

Mum Karen Bestford said: “It’s been unbelievable, people have been tripping over themselves helping us.

“I didn’t realise how much we needed the wet room until he came home.

“Gary, from Aster Property Management, arranged for the wet room to be fitted immediately. It’s made an immense difference. Connor’s 6ft 4ins and we could get him into the bath, but struggled to get him out.”

Karen added: “I have been very erratic with my opening hours, and I would like to thank all my customers who have been really patient with me, after I have been closed so much when I was down in Southampton.”

Connor has now moved to the Queen Elizabeth Foundation Brain Injury Unit in Surrey, which is a small community of people his own age who have suffered some kind of brain injury.

“I have been doting on him quite a lot,” added Karen.

“This will give him an opportunity to gain some independence as they all live in self-contained flats. It teaches them to live with their disabilities.”

However, Connor will be returning home every week and will make full use of the new wet room.

Tai Chi Helps Elderly Prevent Falls !!

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

New joint advice from the British Geriatrics Society and the American Geriatrics Society, have published results that suggest that taking up a marshial arts hobbie such as Tai Chi can help the elderly regain there posture and balance!

One suggestion is to take up tai chi, in which martial art movements are carried out in a slow, controlled fashion.

The updated guidelines are based on years of studies examining what does and does not prevent falls, which often lead to hip fractures that can result in extended hospitalisation, and sometimes death.

Tai chi was one example of an exercise for “balance, gait and strength.

Gabbi Adcock who took up the hobbie in May last year beamed  “I feel a lot more confident when i am out and about thanks to my new sport, i also feel a lot more healthy knowing i am getting regular exercize!”

Porcelain Vs Ceramic Tile!!!

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Ceramic tile is a mixture of clays and other natural materials. The special clays are mined from the earth, shaped, colored and than fired in kilns. Traditional ceramic tile can be naturally colored and left unglazed like terra cotta, or they can feature colored or highly designed surfaces which can be glazed (finished with a glass surface) either in a high gloss or matte finish. Most ceramic tile has either a white or red body coloration underneath the glazed, colored top layer.

Porcelain tile is a newer form of ceramic tile and extremly popular among homeowners. Porcelain tiles are composed of fine porcelain clays and fired at much higher temperatures than ceramic tiles. This process makes porcelain tile more dense, less porous, much harder and less prone to moisture and stain absorption than ceramic tiles. For these reasons, most porcelain tiles are suitable for both indoor and outdoor installations. Porcelain tiles are also harder to cut due to their density and hardness.

Designer Commode For Ryan Seacrest !!!

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Ryan Seacrest was given a $6,000 Toto Automatic Toilet for his 36th birthday, which took place on Christmas Eve!!!

The state of the art commode was installed without the ‘American Idol’ host and radio presenter’s knowledge in his Los Angeles home while he was working in New York over the New Year.

Ryan – who earns an estimated $50 million a year – came home to find his friend Laurence had the Toto Automatic Toilet fitted in his personal bathroom as a present for his 36th birthday!!!

Ryan told listeners to his KISS FM radio show: “A Toto is an automatic toilet. Laurence had it installed and I didn’t know about it. He snuck into my house with a plumber and had it installed.

“It has comfort functions, it has a remote control lid, at all times the seat is warm. It has buttons and lights all over it.

“You get close to it and it has a sensor and it just opens up.

“All night last night I had bottles of water by my bed drinking them, just so I had to go pee, it was so fun.”

Other features of the top of the range toilet include a night light, three washing modes, a hands free auto flush, air purifying system and an integrated warm air dryer!!!

£5000 For Disabled Sports Club !!!

Monday, January 10th, 2011

A Liverpool group that gives disabled children the chance to play sport has received a £5,000 boost.

Liverpool Multi Sports Club, based at Merseyside Youth Centre, was one of two recipients of the cash raised at Chester Police Federation’s annual dinner dance.

The event, which is held in conjunction with Chester force’s Chief Constable David Whatton, raised £10,000, which will be split between the Wallasey Lane club and The Wingate Centre, in New Brighton.

Northwich Multi-Sports Club, which relies on sponsorship, donations and fund-raising, is run by staff and volunteers who find ways of using physical activity to improve young people’s lives.

Club secretary, Cindy Seiler, 44, said it was a ‘luxury’ to have the extra money to spend.

“It is lovely to have that extra bit of money to juggle with,” she said.

“We have a running wish list and a management team with three from the management committee and two young people.

“They tell us what they like, what they don’t like and what they need.

“The priority at the moment is to get a hoist to help us lift and change the older children.”

Barbara Rimmer, chairman, said: “We were very pleased and all of the children will be made up.”

Man Diagnoses Own Illness After Watching Television Documentery!

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Brian Holman spent three and a half years unable to walk and facing the prospect of amputation after he developed what he thought was a blister on holiday in Turkey.

Doctors struggled to cure the 55-year-old former owner of a marine business and the wound on his ankle only seemed to get worse.

After two operations to remove the infected skin, refusing amputation and taking morphine to ease the pain, Mr Holman happened to watch a programme on the Discovery Channel in which a woman had suffered a similar fate.

It turned out that she had been bitten by a Brown Recluse Spider, a small but poisonous spider found in Turkey.

“A woman on the show who suffered the same gash had turned out to have been bitten by a poisonous spider,” he said.

“The spider was no bigger than an inch.”

Mr Holman, a father-of-four from Whiston, had gone on holiday with his wife Catherine to Side in southern Turkey.

“We were only a couple of days into the holiday and we had been swimming in the pool,” he said.

“I dried off when I got back to the sun-bed and when I pulled the towel away I noticed a little blister. I looked as if I had burnt my leg but it did not hurt at all.

“My wife just said I had better keep it covered up but we did not think any more of it. I did not realise it was a spider bite at the time.

“I did notice two or three around the pool – they were very tiny with spindly legs but I never put two and two together until I saw the programme months later.”

Doctors initially thought he was suffering from a combination of bad sunburn and varicose veins.

After watching the programme Mr Holman consulted his GP who told him to see Pauline Edney, a lead clinical nurse at Wallasey College’s Community Leg Care Centre.

He said: “I will never forget the look of horror on her face when she saw the wound. She told me straight she didn’t think she would be able to heal it.”

However, after six weeks of cleaning, dressing and compressing the wound which was several inches wide, it started to heal and has now almost completely recovered.

“I don’t think I will ever be the same again because of the damage the spider’s venom did to the nerve endings,” he said.

“But at the end of the day, Pauline has given me back my life and saved my leg.”

Miss Edney said: “All we did here is wash it, put cream on, redress it in a new dressing, and kept it compressed in a bandage.

“Once you get into the cycle of treatment doctors then tend to over-treat and forget to go back to basics. Maybe it just needed some fresh eyes.”