Hambone Awards: Only in Anterica!

Only in Anterica! It’s the phrase we use, similar to all you humans, to describe a phenomenally silly act that could only really be possible in America. It’s time for the 2013 Hambone Awards again which is hosted by Veterinary Pet Insurance. The equivalent in the UK is of course InsureAnts.co.uk!

The annual awards are named after a dog who got into a walk-in fridge and ate an hambone and become ill. The contest aims to find the most ridiculous and most unusual pet insurance claim which has been paid out on in the USA. Year after year there is no end to the remarkable achievements of dogs and cats and their mischievous curiosity.

Hambone Award For Most Unusual Claim On Pet Insurance

As Ants we too have our own exceptional characters. Only the other week my colleague GrAnt found himself stuck under the number five key on the office calculator. A mishap which nearly resulted in Alan from Hants. receiving £7,555,555 when his pet cat, Orange, needed some emergency veterinary work carried out.

Back to the Hambone Awards. Our very own GrAnt was too late to qualify for his stupendous act and in second place came a Siberian forest cat in Ohio (she’s really lost) called Natasha. This fine feline managed to find her way into a washing machine after jumping into the laundry basket.

Natasha suffered from shock and hypothermia after spending half an hour receiving a thoroughly good automated cat wash, but thankfully the insurance claim was activated. With her owners in a spin themselves, all the financial stress was removed from the situation, Natasha got well and the pet insurance premiums paid off.

You never really know what’s going to happen in the future. As ants we know this all too well, it took us years to lobby government and local councils to prevent pavements from being tarmacked so we could ensure our own safety when going shopping and visiting friends as use the cracks between slabs.

Ants Put Your Pet’s Wellbeing First

The perils for pets and the costs after an incident when visiting vets are all to clear to imagine. Yet with the right insurance in place, that expense is covered. Ants, dogs, cats and humans could all do with a regular dosage of future protection with premiums being covered today.

The Hambone Awards first place prize went to an equally gutsy pet and a dog called Winnie – of mixed breed and questionable parentage. Winnie managed to scoff an entire bag of onion rings. Inevitably the pet Antulance had to be called, her stomach pumped and medicine prescribed to ensure her full recovery. Onions and dogs don’t get on, but Winnie didn’t realise! Speaking of pet mad people, now Casemad.com is offering personalised puppy phone cases, so you can upload a picture of your pet dog or puppy and they will print it on a phone case for you and send it out, apparently they have cases for most of the major phone models too.

Back to the Hambone Awards… There are many unknown events that can occur to your pets, all of which may seem quite harmless yet once occurred can cause real danger to your loveable little darlings. Onions rings can cause hemolytic anemia in dogs and require a blood transfusion. Nasty little ticks can cause neurological damage and onion rings and ticks are everywhere!

Think twice about pet insurance and make the right decision. Visit InsureAnts.co.uk and defeat the enemy onion rings, walk-in fridges and washing machines and ensure your pet’s survival!


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The Importance of CQC Compliance

Providing quality medical care to you and other patients is of the upmost important, but it’s easy for providers to fail in some areas. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) was created to check these providers and give them a set of standards they should strive to meet. The CQC ensures that providers provide you and all their patients with the quality care you deserve.

What Does CQC Compliant Mean?

Medical facilities like hospitals, dentists, GPs and other primary medical services, first register with CQC. Once registered, it is necessary for the provider or facility to understand the rules and standards associated with quality care set forth by CQC. When a provider is CQC compliant, it means they meet or exceed the standards and provide quality patient care.

Why is CQC Compliance Important?

CQC compliance is important for providing quality care, but it doesn’t only affect you as a patient. It affects the organization as a whole. When an organization is CQC compliant, it increases traffic and makes everyone feel more at ease. When a patient sees that a provider is CQC compliant, they are more inclined to trust and use that provider. In addition, if there are other providers in the area that are not compliant, CQC takes action. If a provider is not compliant, they are likely to be fined or even prosecuted.

For patients, the benefits to CQC compliance is clear: receiving quality care. When you go to a provider who is CQC compliant, you know you’re getting the best care possible because you know they must follow strict guidelines and meet certain standards. You’ll know that qualified individuals are taking care of you. CQC is also good for helping you choose the right provider. They tell you who is complaint and who isn’t, letting you make an informed choice for your care. Lastly, when a provider is registered with CQC, you have the option to contact CQC directly to give feedback or concerns about the care you received.

How to See if Your Provider is Compliant

The first way to find out if your provider is CQC compliant is to ask. Generally, if your provider is, they are more than happy to tell you. However, if you feel uncomfortable asking or wish to find out on your own, it is possible to check online at www.cqc.org.uk. At the top of the home screen, there is a section to look for checks. Select the provider type and in the keywords field, enter the name of your provider. You can also enter the town or postcode. This allows you to see if your provider is registered with CQC and how well they meet the guidelines. It also lets you know if the provider has not been inspected yet. This is a great way to find out the exact level of care your provider is giving to patients. This area of the site is also great for finding yourself a new provider that is CQC compliant. Just leave the keyword blank and search for dentists, doctors, hospitals, etc. in your area.

How Providers Can Improve the Quality of Care

The best way providers can improve the quality of the care they provide to you and other patients, is by following the CQC guidelines. These guidelines ensure the best care possible, and as long as your provider follows these rules, the care is top notch. However, providers are busy, and it is often difficult to read, remember and keep up-to-date with all the regulations. The Quality Compliance Systems or QCS Compliance Tool located is excellent at assisting providers with improving their care. With QCS, providers don’t have to worry about ensuring they are following all the CQC rules and regulations because QCS does it for them.

Choosing a CQC compliant provider is the first step to knowing you’re getting the best care possible.

New Advocacy Group P.E.A.P. Supports Au Pairs Worldwide

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — In response to the growing frequency of sexual abuse of au pairs, Talya Shoup Burnett, author of popular au pair blog Best Au Pair Guide, and Edina Stone of au pair agency review site Au Pair Clearinghouse, are partnering to create Prevention of Au Pairs (P.E.A.P.). The organization’s purpose is to raise awareness of the exploitation of au pairs, a growing problem in Europe, Asia and in the United States.

Au pairs are a highly affordable means of childcare and are becoming increasingly popular for busy, professional families around the world. While most au pairs work in safe homes with good host families, many of them are at considerable risk for exploitation and human trafficking due to their youth and inexperience. Au pairs are frequently overworked, underpaid, and at times even sexually and emotionally abused.

The organization’s mission is to raise awareness and prevent exploitation of au pairs worldwide. P.E.A.P. is dedicated to promoting global awareness of the abuse of au pairs by education and outreach. It strives to prevent au pair abuse through education of young men and women working as au pairs. By mobilizing au pair agencies, au pair organizations and au pair families to join in the awareness campaign, actions and guidelines that protect au pairs can be put into action.

Please visit P.E.A.P. on Facebook to lend your support and share with au pairs, host families, and agencies globally. For further information or to report an au pair who is being exploited, please send your inquiry to talyashoup@gmail.com or edinastone@gmail.com. Agencies interested in partnering with P.E.A.P. are also encouraged to do so.

About the co-founders

Talya Shoup Burnett is public relations manager for an international mobile advertising network and author of the blog and Ebook Best Au Pair Guide. She offers prospective au pairs tips and advice on working for host families abroad. Edina Stone is Founder and CEO of AuPairClearingHouse.com, a national U.S.A. consumer website that reviews and rates au pair agencies for busy host parents.

Physical activity may help kids do better in school, studies say

There’s little dispute that physical activity is good for kids: It not only helps develop muscles and fend off obesity, it also offers opportunities to socialize and learn new skills. Getting kids active is a key component of first lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign, which says “children need 60 minutes of play with moderate to vigorous activity every day to grow up to a healthy weight.”

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