Home Instead take part in Falls Free Fun event

Mayor of Stockport, Les Jones supporting the eventMayor of Stockport, Les Jones supporting the event

The team from "At home" care company, Home Instead Senior Care, took part in a "Falls Free Fun" event at Pembroke Court in Romiley on 19th January 2012. Pembroke Court, part of the Anchor Housing Group, hosted the first event of many around Stockport to promote falls prevention. The event provided information about how to prevent falls in the home and assessment tools to assess individual risk of falls. After a presentation by Lucie Newsam of Age UK in Stockport, "Fit as a Fiddle" from Age UK took residents and locals through an exercise routine to promote better posture and stability. School children and Teachers from the local Werneth School came along and supported the event, with the children mixing with residents and helping with lunch and those essential 'cups of tea'.

After a lunch provided by Home Instead and Chafes Solicitors, there was a visit by Mayor of Stockport, Councilor Les Jones. The Mayor commented: "what a fantasic event it was and if we can all take one thing away from today to prevent a fall, then the day will have been a massive success".

The day continued with talks about the effects of dementia and medication on the incidence of falls and was suitably rounded off with a game of musical bingo professionally delivered by Debbie Sharples, Activity Development Officer for Anchor Housing and Paul Campbell, who is Scheme Manager at Prmbroke Court.

The event was supported by represenatives from Stockport Homes, Care Call, Miller Care, Chafes Solicitors, Greater Manachester Fire Service and Stockport Welfare Rights.

Everyone concluded that the day had been a massive success and that future events would be organised to promote falls awareness in Stockport. A Falls Steering Group has been formed by Home Instead Senior Care, Age UK Stockport and Anchor Housing to raise awareness of falls and how we can prevent them. The idea was the brainchild of Paul Campbell from Anchor Housing. The group is recruiting additional members who can support the work of the group and bring expertise and skills to promote a "falls free, independant and healthy life" for older people in Stockport.

If you would like more information about falls prevention or the falls steering group, please contact David Moore, Managing Director at Home Instead Senior Care in Stockport on Tel: 0161 491 2925 or email: david.moore@homeinstead.co.uk.

A group of Home Instead CAREGivers talking
Family welcoming a Home Instead care manager into their home