Posted: Friday 1st December 2017
Working for vulnerable residents to prevent falls and support independence
Staying Steady Slipper Swaps have returned!
Last winter over 500 residents visited slipper swap events in Hertfordshire Libraries. Visitors discovered how to avoid falls and stay safe and well. Nearly 400 pairs of anti-slip slippers were exchanged, helping to prevent slips and trips caused by bad footwear. The events were run in partnership with Adult Care Services with support from AgeUK, HertsHelp, and others. They were valued by residents as sources of information and advice.
Event visitor comments: ‘A good range of caring services, and free slippers!’
Due to the success of the scheme, further events are planned for this winter with a greater focus on staying active to maintain stability and strength. Occupational Therapists will offer tips on how to stay steady and independent, and will demonstrate simple activities and exercises at all the events.
All libraries across Hertfordshire will have leaflets to pick up and library staff can help with finding an activity or source of support.
A new highlight is the Falls Prevention Lite Bite training, aimed at staff, partner organisations and others working with people at risk of falls
For details see www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/slipperswap or call 0300 123 4046