Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service has launched an exciting new initiative to help improve the health of potentially vulnerable people - Safe and Well Visits.
These visits will build on the Service’s successful Home Safety Assessment programme that has helped protect thousands of people throughout Cheshire from the risk of fire in their home.
About the Safe and Well Visits
Safe and Well Visits will be offered to residents who are aged over 65 or who are referred to the Service by partner agencies. The visits will still incorporate the traditional fire safety information but will also offer additional advice on slips, trips and fall prevention; bowel cancer screening as well as offering additional support to those who wish to stop smoking, taking drugs or reduce their alcohol consumption.
It is expected that over the next year the visits will be extended further to provide extra help to people who have just been discharged from hospital after a fall and to address hypertension and blood pressure concerns.
Safe and Well Visits will be carried out by fully trained firefighters and prevention staff.
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Do your own home safety check
If you are not eligible for a Safe and Well Visit, you can check that your home is safe, by completing the 'online home safety check' or use our Risk Rater app:
Safe and Well Visits - partnership working
Clare Duggan, Director of Commissioning Operations for NHS England - North (Cheshire and Merseyside) said: “We are delighted to be working with Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service on the delivery of these Safe and Well Visits, which will be an invaluable way of supporting vulnerable people to look after themselves and stay safe and well in their homes. We are one of the very few areas in the country offering this service and are proud to be part of this new, innovative way of working.
“We are particularly pleased to be able to include a focus on slips, trips and falls, which unfortunately are a key factor in many ambulance calls and hospital admissions. As part of the Safe and Well Visits, fire and rescue staff will help the NHS by identifying people who are at risk from falling so that services can give advice and help to prevent such injuries from happening.
“We are also excited about being able to use these visits as an opportunity to talk to people about bowel cancer screening. Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK and this will help to communicate the message that bowel cancer screening is important as it can detect bowel cancer at an early stage, even before symptoms appear.
“Like doctors and nurses, fire and rescue staff come into contact with vulnerable people on a daily basis and this is a great way of really making sure that we get the most out of that contact. The Safe and Well Visits are a fantastic opportunity and a wonderful example of the great ways in which health and emergency services can work together to help improve the health and wellbeing of the populations we serve."
Eileen O'Meara, Chair of the Cheshire and Merseyside Directors of Public Health Executive Board and Director of Public Health for Halton said: "We are delighted to be working with Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service in Cheshire, Warrington and Halton. The Service is highly regarded and trusted by their communities and are in an excellent position to give health advice and support to some of our more vulnerable residents."