75% off Taxis for the Blind or Disabled

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If you can’t use ordinary buses because you’re blind or have serious walking disabilities you could get vouchers for taxis or accessible travel like Ring & Ride.

You can’t use vouchers if you already have a National Concessionary Travel Pass, or a Concessionary Plus Pass. 

This scheme is specific to Greater Manchester, but it is possible that authorities in different parts of the country operate a similar scheme.

Find out more about the transport for Greater Manchester scheme here

https://www.tfgm.com/public-transport/travel-vouchers

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Deckchair Care are an independent, privately-owned care agency. We look after the elderly in Cheshire and South Manchester.

Read more about our care service on our website here.

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New Scan Can ‘Predict cognitive decline’

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A study – presented at the AHA Scientific Sessions conference in Chicago – claims that a five-minute scan could be used to spot people at risk of dementia before symptoms appear.

Using ultrasound scanners, scientists looked at blood vessels in the necks of more than 3,000 people and monitored them over 15 years.

They found those with the most intense pulses went on to experience greater cognitive decline over the next decade than the other study participants.

Cognitive decline is often one of the first signs of dementia, but not everyone with it go on to develop the condition.

Researchers hope it may offer a new way to predict cognitive decline.

Evidence suggests that controlling blood pressure and cholesterol, having a healthy diet, doing regular exercise and not smoking can all help to stave off dementia.

Read more about the article here

About Deckchair Care

Deckchair Care are an independent, privately-owned care agency. We look after the elderly in Cheshire and South Manchester.

Read more about our care service on our website here.

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Allied Healthcare Struggling with Low Social Care Payments

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The Care Quality Commission has issued a notice saying it has serious doubts about the future of Allied Healthcare.

However a spokesman for Allied Healthcare has said the company was “surprised and deeply disappointed” by the move, and that it was “premature and unwarranted” as there was no risk to services because financing had been secured.

However, the CQC said it was concerned about its prospects from the end of this month.

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The care agency provides services, such as help washing and dressing, to more than 13,000 people across the UK.

The regulator has written to all the affected local authorities as they would have responsibility to step in if services are disrupted.

Earlier this year Allied announced it was struggling with debts blaming low fees paid by councils.

The regulator said it had a legal duty to warn councils that business failure was likely and services could stop.

It is important to note – especially for staff and clients that it does not mean failure will definitely happen. Just that as things stand it is deemed likely.

This is the first time a notice like this has been issued to a whole provider – previous warnings have just related to individual services.

Hopefully Allied Healthcare can get through a difficult time and continue helping the elderly in our society.

More details about the CQC report can be found here

About Deckchair Care

Deckchair Care are an independent, privately-owned and financed care agency. We help to look after the elderly in Cheshire and South Manchester.

Currently, we do not work with councils on a contractual basis because the fees that are available are well below what is needed to provide a sustainable level of care.

We pay our staff well above the minimum wage. The level of service we offer would not be possible  based on council funding alone.

However, we do work with private clients that receive council contributions to their care that they top up. We work closely with our colleagues in the council, social care and NHS departments to support clients that are referred to us.

Read more about our care service on our website here.

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Social care can’t wait for 2020

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‘The time for warm words and wishful thinking is over’, warns Labour MP Meg Hillier

A Public Accounts Committee (PAC) report has found that the country’s ageing population has led to a widespread consensus that integration and joint working is the right way forward for the health and social care systems.

Despite “a lot of talk within government” over how to support and accelerate this, there is still no effective overall strategy or plan to achieve it, the report said.

It also suggests that there should also be a costed strategy set out for social care over the same timeframe.

So far there have been 12 white papers, green papers and consultations, five independent reviews and consultations on the issue in the past 20 years.

Local authorities will have to wait until the 2020 Spending Review to get clarity on future funding, and while the Government “repeatedly tells us” it has increased social care funding, this is largely through council tax increases.

The report also highlights the wide gap in pay and career structure for those who work in the NHS compared with social care and it remains “concerned” that not enough is being done to tackle this.

Read more here

About Deckchair Care

Deckchair Care is a care company helping to look after the elderly in Cheshire and South Manchester. Read more about our independent care service on our website here.

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Triple lock delivers £220 for pensioners

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Pensioners will enjoy a weekly increase in their pension from £164.35 to £168.60 next year (£220pa),

The state pension is expected to rise by 2.6pc from April next year, although this is below the 3pc increase enjoyed in 2017/18.

As inflation is currently below expectations at 2.4pc (September 2018), the increase is still more than the rising cost of living.

The state pension triple lock means it will rise every year by inflation, 2.5pc or average earnings – whichever is higher.

Read more about the pension increase here.

About Deckchair Care

Deckchair Care is a care company helping to look after the elderly in Cheshire. Read more about our independent care service on our website here.

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Doctors Encouraged to Refer the Lonely to Social Activities

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The long term effects of loneliness have been linked to illnesses including heart disease, stroke and Alzheimer’s disease.

Instead of offering medication, doctors will be encouraged to use “social prescribing” to refer lonely patients to activities that could help tackle feelings of isolation.

Theresa May recently launched the first loneliness strategy saying social prescriptions would reduce demand on the NHS and improve patients’ quality of life.

Mrs May plans for the new approach to be in place by 2023.

In addition, extra funding (£1.8m) has been pledged to support community projects, such as community cafes, art spaces or gardens.

Age UK are on record stating that loneliness is a potential public health concern. More than 2 million people over 50 will be lonely by 2025-26, a 49% increase on the 1.36 million who were socially isolated in 2015-16, according to projections by the charity.

Additional announcements to combat loneliness include an employers pledge to tackle loneliness in the workplace. Additionally, postal workers are to be encouraged to check in with lonely people on their delivery rounds.

Read more about the announcements here.

About Deckchair Care

Deckchair Care is a at-home care company helping to look after the elderly in Cheshire and South Manchester. Read more about our independent care service on our website here.

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‘Care injustice’ Means Limited Access to Good Quality Social Care

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NHS funding and soaring patient demand in England are fuelling “care injustice” where patients cannot access good quality social care because of where they live, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has found.

£20bn has already been announced for the NHS, but it is not clear if any of this will help support social care which is creating many of the health services’ woes.

Peter Wyman, chairman of the CQC, said: “It is increasingly clear without a long-term funding settlement for adult social care, the additional funding for the NHS will be spent treating people with complex conditions for whom care in the community would have been more effective both in terms of their health and wellbeing and use of public money.”

Or see the full CQC report here

Read more about the report here.

About Deckchair Care

Deckchair Care is a privately owned independent domiciliary care company. We look after the elderly and disabled between Didsbury and Alderley Edge in South Manchester / Cheshire.

Read more about our care service on our main website https://www.deckchaircare.co.uk

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New BBC Website to Help Dementia Sufferers

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A new website https://musicmemories.bbcrewind.co.uk/ aims to help dementia sufferers by connecting them with the songs they remember and love.

A phenomenon known as the “memory bump” means the music we hear between the ages of 10 and 30 – when we become independent – carries more emotional resonance than any other.

Music therapy has been shown to alleviate depression, anxiety, hallucinations and mobility problems in patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s.

The website, which launched recently, allows people to browse nearly 2000 songs, classical works and TV theme tunes from the last 100 years. Creating a playlist of personally meaningful music.

Read more about the benefits of music in a BBC article here
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-45664458

About Deckchair Care

Deckchair Care are a domiciliary care company helping to look after the elderly in Cheshire and South Manchester. Read more about our independent care service on our website here.

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Technology and Elderly Care

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Our technology partner (www.west30.com) has been researching what home technology is currently available and whether it offers any benefits when it comes to caring for the elderly.

In short, some add convenience, some are really useful, but others are an expensive waste of money!

Find out what is available, how it is installed and what the benefits are. in home technology for the elderly.

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Deckchair Care are a domiciliary care company helping to look after the elderly in Cheshire and South Manchester. Read more about our independent care service on our website here.

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‘Magic Table’ Helping Dementia Suffers

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New technology is helping patients reduce apathy – which is a symptom of dementia – and increase physical activity.

The device projects images on to a table and creates simple games that offer a mental challenge, help to relieve boredom and gets people more active.

The systems is relatively expensive (c£7) but has been installed in a number of dementia clubs and care homes in the UK.

Watch the video from the BBC here:

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Deckchair Care are a domiciliary care company helping to look after the elderly in Cheshire and South Manchester. Read more about our independent care service on our website here.

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