Top tips on offer to stay safe in your home
DORSET Partnership for Older People's Programme (POPP) has teamed up with Dorset Fire and Rescue to raise awareness of potential dangers in the home, including faulty or damaged electrical equipment that can lead to domestic fires, and injuries caused by slips, trips, and falls.
Events are taking place at various venues across Dorset, and information about surviving the winter, accessing aids and adaptations for your home, joining local activities, and managing your finances will be available.
At each of the events older people have a chance to bin their sloppy slippers and collect a new pair fitted free of charge, as well as receiving information on 'staying steady'.
Jill Haynes, Cabinet member for adult social care at Dorset County Council, said: "Heavy falls can be devastating, and even lesser falls can lead to loss of self-confidence and reduced quality of life.
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"Falls are not an inevitable part of getting older, many can be prevented. There are things that you can do to reduce the risks and stay healthy and safe in your own home.
"One of the many reasons that older people fall and are admitted to hospital are badly fitting slippers, so we encourage people to come along and pick up a new, professionally fitted pair for free.
"Visitors can also pick up helpful information on health, local activities, older people's forums and advice on how to live safely in their own homes."
Andrew Archibald, Head of Adult Services at Dorset County Council added: "We want older people to remain living in their own communities for as long as they wish, so I'd encourage as many people as possible to come along to these events, where we can give them lots of advice on staying independent at home."
The events are supported by POPP Wayfinders and Champions, Dorset Fire and Rescue Services, Dorset Energy Advice Centre, Age UK, Help and Care, Trading Standards, Community Pharmacies, local health care professionals, Mears Home Improvement Agency, Dorset Blind Association, St John Ambulance and local groups funded through the POPP Community Initiatives Fund.
Dates coming up in the BVM area include:
Thursday 10th October, Sherborne, Digby Hall, 10am – 12pm
Tuesday 15th October, Blandford Parish Centre, Galilee Hall, 10am – 12.30pm
Wednesday 16th October, Sturminster Newton Exchange, 10am – 12.30pm
Tuesday 5 November, Wimborne Allendale Centre, 1.30pm – 4.30pm
Contact Dorset POPP on 01305 224841 for further details or email email@example.com