Since it’s launch on Tuesday the 1st of February, the Make Your Home Safer campaign has been promoting the importance of home safety as a means to prevent slips, trips and falls amongst older adults living in the community.
The campaign kicked off with a launch event, attended by 34 Western Australian health and community care professionals both in-person and via webinar, explaining how Stay On Your Feet® will be supporting them to reduce older adult’s risk of falling throughout the three month campaign.
If you haven’t had a chance to view the campaign video featuring our very talented volunteer peer presenter Alma, please click here. The event presentation and speakers, including Emily Anderson; A/Manager of the Stay On Your Feet® program and Occupational Therapist; Andrea Whyte, were recorded and available to view here.
New resources in high demand
The launch of the Make Your Home Safer campaign was accompanied by the release of a number of new tools and resources that older adults, health and community care professionals, as well as friends, family and carers can use to help prevent slips, trips and falls.
The Home Safety Checklist is an easy-to-read checklist describing six areas in the home that may be a falls hazard, including floors, lighting, steps, walkways, furniture and outdoors. The checklist encourages older adults to check their home for hazards and provides simple and low cost tips to make their homes safer. The checklist and action plan can be completed by older adults by themselves or with assistance from a family member, friend, neighbour or carer.
There are also two new Up Off The Floor Posters including Falls Action Plan, that demonstrate how older adults can safely get up off the floor to limit or reduce further injury, in the case that they do have a fall. Older adults may use their arms or knees to get up depending on their capabilities and what is most comfortable for them.
Both of these resources have been flying off the shelves and very popular with health professionals and community members alike. These printed resources and many more are available to view and download at www.stayonyourfeet.com.au and order for free at www.injurymattersquickmail.com.au.
Empower community members to make a change
The Make Your Home Safer Educator Toolkit is your step-by-step guide to delivering an informative, interactive and enjoyable falls prevention information session to older adults. The toolkit includes all of the content you can discuss, as well as a session plan, PowerPoint presentation, suggested activities and video tutorials, conversation starters and a list of the resources you may like to provide to group members. Download your free copy of the toolkit here and start supporting older adults to make their homes safer to prevent slips, trips and falls.
As the Make Your Home Safer campaign enters its second month, Stay On Your Feet® encourages all health and community care professionals to get involved and promote the prevention of falls. For example, if you coordinate a community or special interest group for older adults, why not call us on 1300 30 35 40 and book in a Make Your Home Safer community presentation or book a presentation online with one of our wonderful volunteer peer presenters.
Professional development opportunity
If you work with older adults living in the community, Stay On Your Feet® invite you to attend the Make Your Home Safer forum on Thursday 7 April. With a number of expert presenters confirmed to discuss topics surrounding home safety and falls prevention, this event is sure to be a fantastic learning and networking opportunity. For more information and to register to attend the forum (in-person or via webinar) please click here.
Now it’s your turn! Deliver a Make Your Home Safer information session to older adults using the toolkit, learn and network at the Make Your Home Safer forum, order new resources for your practice, hold a falls prevention display or book a community presentation, the choice is yours. If you are organising a falls prevention event for older adults in the community, you can promote it on the Stay On Your Feet® eDirectory. Registration is simple and free! Register here.