Home Safety and Falls prevention events for older people is set to take place across Dorset this winter.
The aim of the events is to raise awareness of potential dangers in the home, including faulty electrical equipment that can lead to domestic fires, and injuries caused by slips, trips and falls.
Information about surviving the winter, accessing aids and adaptations for the home, joining local activities and managing finances will be available at the events.
There is also a chance to trade in old, slippery slippers for a free new pair for those over 55.
The events have been organised by the Dorset Partnership for Older People’s Programme (POPP) in partnership with Dorset Fire and Rescue and supported by a number of other partner agencies.
Cllr Jill Haynes, Cabinet member for adult social care at Dorset County Council, said: “Falls are all too common among older individuals living at home, and are often life-changing events that lead to severe injury and loss of independence.
“The chances of falling and being seriously injured in a fall increase with age. Research shows that one in three adults aged 65 and over experience at least one fall each year.
“Many of the accidents happen at home, and one of the most common factors is old, ill-fitting slippers. We want to encourage anyone over 55 to visit one of the many events and find out more about how to prevent falls and making sure the home environment is safe.”
The events run from 10am–2pm:
Bridport, Town Hall – Weds 26 Nov
Corfe Mullen, Village Hall – Fri 28 Nov
Ferndown, Barrington Centre – Tues 2 Dec
Sherborne, Digby Hall – Thurs 15 Jan
Wimborne, Allendale Centre – Weds 21 Jan
Blandford, Corn Exchange – Tues 27 Jan
Portland, Community 2000 Hall – Tues 3 Feb