Older people in Cressington are being helped to stay safe this winter – thanks to slippers!
Every year in the UK about one-third of people aged over 65 will fall. This rises to almost half of people aged 80 and above. Falls account for over four million hospital bed days a year in England alone and destroy confidence, increase isolation and reduce independence.
Cressington ward councillors using their Neighborhood Fund have teamed up with LMH ComMutual who have provided match funding to ensure elderly residents receive special slippers to help keep them safe and prevent any nasty falls.
Paula Jones, scheme manager of White Oak Lodge, took referrals from across the ward and worked alongside ComMutual to ensure they had all the correct sizes.
Councillor Linnie Hinnigan said: “We couldn’t have done this without the support of ComMutual and this has been a great example of partnership working”.