Media release – 27.7.17
Injury Matters congratulated the 17 local government winners of the Age-Friendly Communities Local Government Grants Program.
The Shire of Nannup was awarded a $17,486 grant for a home maintenance program for older adults in need and who live in the shire.
The project will include home maintenance, gardening, fire preparedness, changing smoke detectors, providing firewood, and cleaning windows. Consultation with older adults has identified that they do not want to ask for assistance. The program aims to help older adults to remain living in Nannup and to improve socialisation and connection to the community.
Injury Prevention Manager Rachel Meade said it was important for older adults to know their limits, which included when to get assistance when using ladders for home and garden maintenance, to help avoid falls.
“We commend the Shire of Nannup for this initiative and hope that community members in the area will take up this opportunity, which can help keep them avoid falls so they can keep living healthy lives in the community,” she said.
“One in every ten bed days spent in hospital by a person aged 65 and older in 2010-11 was directly attributable to a fall,”
“We want people to know that falls are preventable, and that by building your balance along with strengthening your legs, removing trip hazards from your home, people reduce the risk of falls and stay independent,”
“Other than the huge emotional and physical cost of a fall, which can be very painful and affect your independence, there is also a very significant financial cost to the WA community – falls cost about $2.2 billion per year in WA alone,”
Injury Matters coordinates Stay On Your Feet® which promotes how to keep active and alert through the Move Improve Remove campaigns and prevent slips, trips and falls.
Injury Matters aims to empower, influence and collaborate with the WA community to prevent injury and support recovery, because it believes all West Australians can live life uninterrupted by injury.