Free Slipper Swap in North Norfolk will help prevent falls for older people

02 October 2014

Norfolk Library and Information Service has teamed up with Norfolk’s Living Well Healthy Communities team to promote safety in the home, with a series of events for the county’s older generation.

This October, selected Norfolk libraries will be taking part in a Slipper Swap, where older people are invited to bring along their old slippers and exchange them for a new safer slip-resistant pair, for free.

The Slipper Swap will be taking place at three libraries on the following dates:

Thu 9 Oct: Cromer Library

Prince of Wales Road, Cromer, NR27 9HS
10am – 12pm

Thu 16 Oct: North Walsham Library

New Road, North Walsham, NR28 9DE
10am – 12pm

Fri 17 Oct: Fakenham Library

Oak Street, Fakenham, NR21 9DY
10:30am – 12:30pm

Paul Smyth, Norfolk County Council Communities Committee Chairman said: "Winter can be a particularly hazardous time for the old and infirm so it is important the County Council holds events like the Slipper Swap, which not only provide people with safer footwear but also useful information on how to improve their own health and personal safety during the Winter months.

"I hope therefore that older people living near the participating libraries will avail themselves of the free help that is on offer."

Cromer, North Walsham and Fakenham are three of ten market towns across Norfolk identified by the Healthy Communities health and wellbeing project as having the greatest overall health need in the county. More slipper swaps are expected in the future around the county.

With the colder months creeping up, it is important to keep a check on the wellbeing of older friends, neighbours and relatives. As well as the swap, there will also be free thermometers and information leaflets from Warm and Well; a programme offering a variety of equipment and training, funded by the Department of Health.

Other help on offer includes advice about fall prevention, NHS Health Checks and information concerning the free one-to-one Health Trainer service on offer – and people can help themselves to a cuppa while waiting for their slippers to be fitted. Active Norfolk is also offering free gentle exercise DVDs.

The event is also a chance to learn about becoming a Dementia Friend and find out more information about the Books on Prescription scheme. This is a nationwide scheme, in association with the Department of Health, to help people manage their wellbeing through self-help reading.

Falls are a major public health issue facing older people, representing the most frequent and serious type of accident in people aged 65 and over.

Costing Norfolk an estimated £19 million every year, falls are also the main cause of disability and the leading cause of death from injury among people aged over 75.

For more information about falls and how to prevent them, visit: www.nhs.uk/conditions/Falls/Pages/Introduction.aspx

To find out more about local services that can support you in making positive changes to your lifestyle, please visit www.norfolkslivingwell.org.uk.

It's free to join the library and free to borrow books, e-books and magazines. DVDs, console games and CDs can also be borrowed at reasonable prices. For more information about library services, how to join and events, ask at your local library or visit: www.norfolk.gov.uk/libraries 

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