Last week during ‘Falls Awareness Week’ a team from Harrogate ‘at-home’ care provider, Home Instead, went on walkabout visiting groups of people aged over 50 to talk about how keeping fit and active can help you avoid a dangerous fall.
Andrew and Sheena Van Parys from Home Instead explained the importance of diet and exercise in keeping your bones healthy, looking after your feet, safety in the home and managing your medicines…all of which can play a part in maintaining strength, balance and co-ordination. Sheena explains:
“Our mission at Home Instead is to provide care for the elderly to help them lead independent lives and stay in their own homes. Keeping active is really important as we get older and we wanted to reinforce this message to people in our local community.”
As well as the talk, there was plenty of information available about local exercise classes and walking groups in the area which cater for all ages and levels of fitness.
Home Instead were also joined by Tom Hulbert who runs Yorkshire Care Equipment in Harrogate. He demonstrated a number of aids that help mobility including a state-of-the-art 3 wheel stroller with the added benefit of a seat!
The talks were attended by various 50+ social groups at Fairfax Community Centre, Jennyfields Community Centre, Montpelier Court Sheltered Housing Scheme and Knaresborough Community Centre.
Both Andrew and Sheena have been involved with the local community and charitable causes for many years before they started Home Instead in Harrogate in April this year.
They wanted to work together to make a real difference in their local community and now offer a range of services which include companionship, meal preparation, light housekeeping, post-discharge care, medication reminders, shopping and errands.
For more information on the service provided by Home Instead in the area call 01423 774490, or visit www.homeinstead.co.uk .