On 1 September 2020, Injury Matters launched the Stay On Your Feet® Remove Hazards Campaign, at the Mandurah Seniors and Community Centre. The event was supported by the City of Mandurah with stalls from Emprise Mobility, Silver Chain, Pets of Older Persons (POOPS), Mandurah Podiatry, Podiatry WA, Indigo, VisAbility and the Paraplegic Benefit Fund, allowing older adults to engage with local health professionals from the Peel Region and increase their falls prevention knowledge.
The event provided community members, with the opportunity to learn about the importance of creating safer environments, checking their eyesight, and wearing safe footwear. As part of the Remove Hazards Campaign, older adults are encouraged to use the Stay On Your Feet® Home Safety Checklist to remove hazards in and around the home, have their eyes tested at least every two years and have an annual Podiatrist checkup to maintain their independence.
Injury Matters Injury Prevention Manager said, “The Remove Hazards campaign provides realistic steps that everyone can take to reduce their risk of a fall. Simple changes such as replacing a torn carpet, removing rugs, making sure your home is well lit, your eyesight is healthy and you have supportive footwear can go a long way to prevent a fall in and around the home”.
Katie Stokes, Paraplegic Benefit Fund stated “I found the Remove Hazards event by Injury Matters to be very well organised, informative and engaging. All of the stalls were relevant to the subject of removing hazards in your life and the panel Q&A was very helpful to those that wanted to ask anonymous questions”.
The Remove Hazards Campaign runs through until November 2020. To learn how you can get involved in the campaign visit www.stayonyourfeet.com.au/over60 or call Injury Matters on 1300 30 35 40.