5 top tips on choosing a care home have been compiled by Healthwatch England. In summary, they are:
1. Consider all your options as it may be possible to still live independently, with some extra help. Read Your Guide to Care and Support by NHS Choices.
2. Understand different types of care home, whether ‘residential’, ‘nursing’ or ‘specialist’, for conditions like dementia. The Care Quality Commission can explain more.
3. Be clear how your care will be funded. The Money Advice Service has a guide on paying for care.
4. Search for a suitable care home, using guides produced by various organisations, plus official quality ratings from the Care Quality Commission.
5. Make your choice. Independent Age has eight measures to help you decide.
If you cannot access any of this information online, call Healtwatch Reading for further information on 0118 937 2295.
10 per cent of people feel lonely most or all of the time, according to survey completed by 437 Reading people. People aged 85 and over were most likely to feel lonely, but more than half of 30-49-year-olds also said they felt lonely some or all of the time. Confidence, lack of information and transport, were identified as the main barriers to overcoming loneliness. Having a physical and mental health issue also contributed to isolation. The survey was carried out by Reading Voluntary Action.
11 September is the date of a local event to be held about safeguarding adults. It is being held to educate the public and local organisations about how to raise concerns about people who may be at risk of abuse. Abuse comes in lots of different forms, including being physically or sexually assaulted, having money stolen or coerced from you, being emotionally intimidated, or being neglected so you don’t get basic personal or medical care you need. The event, from 10am-12.30 at Reading Borough Council, will explain how people can report abuse, and the different agencies involved in safeguarding adults. People can book online.
18 medications or items could no longer be available on prescription under draft national plans published by NHS England. The public has got until 21 October 2017 to have their say on the proposals to stop doctors prescribing them free on the NHS. A similar consultation has taken place by NHS funders in Reading and elsewhere in Berkshire, but no final decisions have yet been made. The national plans cover:
1. Co-proxamol (a pain-killer)
2. Dosulepin, formerly known as dothiepin (an antidepressant)
3. Prolonged-release Doxazosin (for high blood pressure or prostate enlargement)
4. Immediate-release Fentanyl (strong pain-killer)
5. Glucosamine and Chondroitin (treating pain caused by osteoarthritis)
6. Herbal treatments (such as homeopathy for minor conditions)
7. Lidocaine Plasters (relief for nerve pain)
8. Liothyronine, sometimes known as T3 (for thyroid problems)
9. Lutein and antioxidants e.g. vitamin A, C E and zinc (supplements for age-related macular degeneration)
10. Omega-3 fatty acid supplements (for heart problems)
11. Oxycodone and Naloxone combination (for severe pain or restless legs)
12. Paracetamol and Tramadol combination as single medication (to treat pain)
13. Perindopril, the arginine version (for heart and diabetes problems)
14. Rubefacients – creams, rubs, gels or sprays such as Deep Heat or Vapour Rub (for muscle/joint pain). Ibuprofen and diclofenac not included in the planned ban.
15. Once daily Tadalafil (for erectile dysfunction or prostate enlargement)
16. Travel vaccines (for Hepatitis B, Japanese Encephalitis, Meningitis ACWY, Yellow Fever, Tick-borne encephalitis, Rabies and BCG)
17. Trimipramine (an antidepressant)
18. Gluten free foods (for coeliac disease)
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