Stay On Your Feet®’s Make Your Home Safer campaign has come to a close, after a three-month focus on the importance of removing hazards in and around the home to make the home safer and reduce the risk of falls. The campaign included a number of events and activities for both health professionals and the wider community including a launch event in Mandurah, a media campaign and a forum for those working in health and community care.
The Make Your Home Safer campaign saw the launch of our first animation, Make Your Home Safer with Frank and Tiddles. The animation was a hit receiving 1,500 views on Youtube and 6,700 views on Facebook. Frank and Tiddles were also turned into life-size cut-outs and have been making their way across WA, providing older adults with Home Safety Checklists.
Four grants were awarded as part of the Make Your Home Safer campaign to help support community focused programs aimed at addressing the campaign’s key messages.
The Shire of Cuballing hosted a Stay On Your Feet® day for seniors. The event included stall holders, education sessions from local health professionals, balance testing, yoga and Tai Chi sessions.
The Shire of Victoria Plains delivered a day of Make Your Home Safer workshops which included presentations from an Occupational Therapist, practical demonstrations, a site visit to a local farm to address home safety for those living in farms and several guest speakers.
Regis Day Therapy Nedlands and Black Swan Health both received grants to deliver the Stepping On program. The evidence based program runs for 7 weeks and gave participants increased confidence and tools to remain active and independent in their communities.
The next campaign, Strengthen Your Legs, launches on 1 September 2018. Keep an eye on our website for more information on how to get involved.