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July Newsletter
Age Concern Costa de la Luz Sur
Friday, 28 July 2017

Hi Folks,

Firstly, our thanks to Chris Cody for the gig at the Venta Florentina; our "Age Concern Party Night" raffle swelled our funds and it was good to see everyone dancing. 

We have always had a problem storing items we loan to you; we are now in the "construction phase" of having a brick built store room with water and electricity. The significance of this is that we will be able to store all our items in one place which should make it easier for us to know exactly what we have got, what is "out on loan" and we can do a regular check on the condition of everything. So we have started by making a list of all the different articles we have to loan to people.

Motability Scooters one with shopping trailer, Motorised Wheelchairs, Ordinary Manual Wheelchairs;

Wheelchair with an inbuilt commode, Shower chairs / shower stools, Bath assistance chair;

Walking Aids / Zimmer Frames some have wheels and brakes, other are simple a frame, Crutches and walking sticks, outdoor tripod emergency seat;

Inflatable orthopaedic mattress with pump, Bed backrest, Pull sheet, chair / bed risers (very useful for those who have had hip / knee operations) , bed pans, urinal bottles, Assorted incontinence sheets plus nappies plus personal incontinence pads 

Raised toilet seat (very useful for those who have had hip / knee operations)  

Hearing audio aid, leg splints, ankle splint

Quite a list; and it is thanks to the generosity of the general public that we have such items. We often ask for a deposit on items we load out and if it has helped you then we are pleased to accept donations to our funds.

 
May 2017 newsletter
Age Concern Costa de la Luz Sur
Sunday, 14 May 2017

Hi Folks,

As I write the Age Concern committee are discussing the kind offer of Chris Cody to do a gig on behalf of Age Concern when the warm weather comes.

Our next Quiz night’s at the Venta Florentina will be 22nd May and 26th June. We are very grateful to Julia & Colin for organising these quiz nights as they bring in much needed revenue.  

Age Concern has a number of items which we lend out including wheelchairs and crutches; we accept gifts of this sort of items that are always in need during the summer season but this brings us a problem at the end of the season. We have nowhere to safely store these items over winter; if you have a suitable garage or similar we would love to hear from you. We have also considered buying a suitable shed or similar if we could find a secure plot of land.   

Finally, ChiFRA held an open meeting recently with the theme “Death and dying”; you should find notes of the meeting elsewhere in this magazine but can I make a plea? Please check you have a Spanish will if you own any assets in Spain, and you either have good travel insurance or a funeral plan in place. The icing on the cake is if you have a “Power of Attorney” set up if unfortunately you are unable to sign documents etc through illness or accident.

 

  

 
British Consulate Newsletters
UK Consulate News
Wednesday, 16 June 2010

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The Consulate newletters provide information from the Pension, Benefit and Healthcare Team and  also include contributions from the British Consulate's other partners, Age Concern and the Royal British Legion. These newsletters have a wide range of topics  and therefore cannot cover everything comprehensively.  You can find further information at the consulate website http://ukinspain.fco.gov.uk/

 

 

 

 

 
European Health Card
Health
Friday, 22 February 2013
A new website that explains how British citizens should use their UK-issued European Health Insurance Cards (EHICs) has been launched as part of a campaign to clear up common confusion over how to obtain healthcare in Spain.

The website http://www.healthcareinspain.eu/ provides comprehensive information on the use of EHICs, whether visiting or living in Spain.

What you should know about the European Health Insurance Card

A UK-issued European Health Insurance Card should only be used to access medically-necessary state treatment during the course of a temporary stay in Spain. It does not provide access to all state treatment but for those in Spain on a temporary stay, it is the correct way to access state healthcare.

British citizens who live mainly in Spain should change the way they are registered, because for them the UK European Health Insurance Card is not the correct form of health cover. The new website  provides an interactive questionnaire that, depending on personal circumstances, links British residents to the Spanish social security webpage or a search page for the local INSS office or local health centre.
 
Testing Well or Borehole Water
Health
Friday, 17 September 2010

It all came about because some friends look after a holiday home that is rented out; one family had trouble in that they contracted Hepatitis whilst on an extended holiday. So, because of the many accusations, the owners asked for the borehole water to be tested; the result was that although the water was “not nice” it didn’t cause the disease.

I will digress here for those that don’t know the difference; a borehole (perforacion in Spanish) is a very deep hole in the ground going far below the start of the water table. About nine inches across they vary from 25 metres to 90 metres deep. They rely on the pressure of water to sustain the flow out to your tap. On the other hand, a “normal well” (pozo artesano) is from two to four metres across, not normally deeper than 20 metres. It relies on having sufficient water in the well for your use, taking hours to refill to the original level before you opened the tap.

 
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