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Service Disruptions

Service disruptions Due to the inclement weather and the requirement to keep both our staff and service users safe, a number of our wheelchair services which are particularly affected by the conditions are running a reduced service. Normal level of service will resume as soon as it is safe to do so. In the meantime, if you require further information about the level of service available in your area, then please use the usual wheelchair service telephone number. However, due to the reduced staffing levels, please can we ask that you only contact the service if it is an emergency or you have an urgent query. The wheelchair services most badly affected are: Somerset Plymouth and West Devon Isle of Wight Hampshire We thank you...

Dementia Friends – Plymouth

We're really proud of our Plymouth community equipment and wheelchair services teams for becoming Dementia Friends. About Dementia Friends A Dementia Friend learns a little bit more about what it's like to live with dementia and then turns that understanding into action - anyone of any age can be a Dementia Friend. Dementia Friends Information Sessions are run by volunteer Dementia Friends Champions (for our Plymouth service centre, this is Rebecca O'Donovan), who are trained and supported by the Alzheimer’s Society. Rebecca will carry out further information sessions with any new starters who join the team. Our colleagues at our Plymouth community equipment and wheelchair services have all attended a Dementia Friends session held by Rebecca. We have recently joined forces with Dementia Action Alliance,...

Dementia Awareness

About Dementia Dementia is a common problem, usually occurring in people over the age of 65 years. Dementia in itself is not a disease, but is a collection of symptoms caused by certain conditions. Symptoms Dementia has numerous symptoms associated with a decline in brain function, including • memory loss • thinking speed • mental agility • language • understanding • judgement Other symptoms can include: • difficulties with concentration • depression • personality and mood changes • confusion • difficulty finding the right words Diagnosis An early diagnosis helps with getting the right treatment and to plan for the future. In diagnosing dementia, a GP will conduct a series of tests, such as a physical examination, blood test and memory tasks. The doctor may...

Dangerous plants

Dangerous plants We are lucky in the UK that we have few dangerous plants.  Most plants are harmless; however, some do sting, scratch or are poisonous. Keep your family safe by reading the guide to plant hazards on the NHS website. See our pointers below: Giant hogweed Giant hogweed can be a big danger; causing severe, painful burns and making your skin sun-sensitive if brushed against. It can grow up to 5m tall, often along footpaths and riverbanks. What to do: If you come into contact with this plant, cover the affected area and wash it with soap and water. The blisters heal very slowly and can cause a skin rash which flares up in sunlight. Always visit your GP if you feel unwell after...

Alcohol Awareness

With the festive season looming, you might be tempted to indulge in a little more alcohol than usual. The NHS recommends that both men and women should not regularly drink more than 14 units of alcohol per week.  See our handy guide below for what a unit actually is – your intake may be more than you think. Impact on health Alcohol can cause major health problems that include diseases of the liver, kidneys, pancreas, heart, mouth, throat, larynx and colon, to name but a few, as well as contributing to high blood pressure and depression. The relationship between alcohol and disease is mostly related to the amount of alcohol consumed; i.e. the more you drink, the greater the risk.   Driving It goes without...

Working Together for Independence and Wellbeing

Elderly people who require specialist equipment and personalised information to continue living at home, despite health conditions which might otherwise prevent this, are to receive a more comprehensive service than ever in Oxfordshire. Oxfordshire County Council has welcomed an exciting and innovative private and voluntary sector collaboration, between a local charity and a respected leading service provider has led to the enhancement and expansion of an existing service, providing equipment and advice to people in Oxfordshire. Guideposts, the Witney-based disability and mental health charity, and Millbrook Healthcare a leading national equipment service provider, have unveiled a plan to develop and deliver their face-to-face independent living support, public retail and electronic health information services, at sites across Thames Valley, The Midlands and the West Country, before ultimately going...

Dehydration

For more detailed information on dehydration, please visit the NHS website. It’s easy in the summer months to become dehydrated, either due to excessive perspiration, not taking in enough fluid or as a result of illness, such as a vomiting and diarrhoea bug. Your body can be affected even if you only lose a small amount of fluid. If you are feeling thirsty, lightheaded, overtired, dry-mouthed, need to go to the toilet less often than usual or have dark or strong-smelling urine, these could be early warning signs that you are dehydrated. Babies and infants, the elderly, people with long-term health conditions and those who exercise for long periods at a time are particularly at risk of becoming dehydrated. If you're dehydrated, you need to...

Heat exhaustion and heatstroke

We hope you're all enjoying the Summer and staying sun safe! Two potentially serious health conditions in this hot weather are heat exhaustion and heatstroke. We've listed a few facts below. For more detailed information, visit the NHS website Tips for avoiding heat exhaustion and heatstroke • Stay out of the sun during the hottest parts of the day, usually between 11am and 3pm • Apply sunscreen, wear a hat and walk in the shade • Do not leave anyone in a parked car • Avoid excessive physical exertion • Drink plenty of fluids, avoiding caffeine and alcohol • Eat cold foods, especially those with a high water content such as fruit and salad • Take a cool shower or bath or wash yourself down...
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