Safe and Well Visits - successful partnership working
Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service launched an exciting new initiative to help improve the health of potentially vulnerable people - Safe and Well Visits.
Safe and Well Visits are offered to residents who are aged over 65 or who are referred to the Service by partner agencies. The visits still incorporate the traditional fire safety information but 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.
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Success of Safe and Well Visits
The following image highlights the success of the Safe and Well Visits (up to December 2017):
Success of Safe and Well Visits - by Unitary area
The following image highlights the success of the Safe and Well Visits by unitary area (up to September 2017):
Improving health and well being
The Safe and Well Visits support vulnerable people to look after themselves and stay safe and well in their homes.
During the visit we 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.
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How safe is your home?
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: