Do you know an older person in the Wymondam, Diss and Great Yarmouth areas who might find winter particularly difficult and is at risk of having a fall? If so, please tell them about these upcoming events where they can get a brand new pair of slip-resistant slippers for free and find out about other support and advice to help keep them warm and well.
Hard on the heels of previous successful events in the county, selected Norfolk County Council libraries are hosting more Slipper Swaps – where older people can trade their old slippers for a new pair. The events are being organised in partnership with Norfolk County Council Public Health’s Healthy Communities team.
Falls are the most frequent and serious type of accident in people aged 65 and over. Falls are also the main cause of disability and the leading cause of death from injury among people aged over 75 and cost Norfolk an estimated £19 million every year.
The Slipper Swaps will be taking place at three libraries on the following dates:
Friday 19 December
10am – 12pm
Thursday 8 January
10am – 12pm
Great Yarmouth Library
While waiting for slippers to be fitted, visitors can pick up free room thermometers and information leaflets from the countywide Warm and Well campaign and learn about falls prevention. The events are a chance to find out about free services like NHS Health Checks and Norfolk’s one-to-one Health Trainer service, and how to become a Dementia Friend.
For those who don’t live locally to these events or can’t get along on the day, there’s still lots of information available to help older and more vulnerable people through the winter. The County Council’s Warm and Well launched today and has support and advice covering personal health, home heating, energy saving and insulation, and financial grants. Find out more at: www.norfolk.gov.uk/warmandwell or call 0344 800 8020.