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Slipper Exchange huge success

Nearly 60 people traded in their old slippers for a safer pair as part of scheme

Safer slippers were handed out to the elderly as part of a Slipper Exchange
Councillor Pam Posnett and Anna Christie, senior local area co-ordinator, with the safer slippers, which were handed out to the elderly

Dozens of elderly residents swapped their old slippers for new safer footwear as part of our scheme to reduce falls across the county.

Last week, the authority held its Slipper Exchange at Coalville Library, which gave residents the chance to get their hands on a pair of brand new safe slippers, if they traded in their old pair. 

The event, designed to help the elderly feel steady on their feet, saw nearly 60 people come along to take part in the free swap.

It is estimated that each year in Leicestershire, falls cost the NHS approximately £23m with one in three people aged over 65 falling every year.

 

Events like this are so important and it’s great to hear that so many people attended the event and managed to swap their slippers. 

‘’Offering these safe slippers will significantly help reduce the risk of the elderly falling. 

 

Half of people who fall will fall again in the next year - so it important to focus on preventing the first fall and respond to this by putting appropriate measures in place to prevent further falls happening.

Information on how to further prevent falls was also made readily available at the event with members of the falls prevention team on hand to sign people up to the Steady Steps scheme. The fire service was also present promoting their home safety checks scheme alongside Age UK.

The next event will be held at 11.30am on Wednesday, 25 April at the Wykin Social Club, Hinckley.

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