Saturday 30 April marked the end of the three month Make Your Home Safer falls prevention campaign delivered by Stay On Your Feet®. The Injury Control Council of WA and the Stay On Your Feet® team would like to thank the health and community care professionals who supported the Make Your Home Safer campaign by:
- Participating in the launch event or forum,
- Delivering a presentation using the Make Your Home Safer Toolkit,
- Ordering the Home Safety Checklist or Up Off The Floor poster,
- Holding a Make Your Home Safer community event or display, or
- Applying for a $5,000 grant.
Thank you for contributing to the prevention of slips, trips and falls amongst older adults in the West Australian community.
The Make Your Home Safer campaign raised awareness of falls risks existing in and around the home and described low cost and simple ways that older adults in the community could make safe changes. With around half of all falls amongst older adults happening in and around the home, it is important to make your home safer. The Make Your Home Safer campaign aimed to promote the following key messages to older adults in the community:
- Falls are preventable,
- Make your home safer to prevent slips, trips and falls,
- Ask your GP about an in-home assessment,
- Use your home safety checklist to check your home for hazards,
- Use your home safety checklist and action plan to make a safe change, and
- Let someone know if you have fallen.
Make Your Home Safer campaign milestones
To read about the Make Your Home Safer launch event click here.
Three new resources were released at the launch of the Make Your Home Safer campaign; the Home Safety Checklist, Up Off The Floor with your knees poster and Up Off The Floor with your arms poster. These resources were very popular amongst health and community care professionals and absolutely flew of the shelves. Approximately 11,500 Home Safety Checklists, 5,400 Up Off The Floor (knees) and 4,400 Up Off The Floor (arms) were ordered during the campaign.
The Make Your Home Safer Toolkit is a resource for health and community care professionals or other individuals to deliver a falls prevention information session to groups of older adults in the community. Participants who attended a Make Your Home Safer group information session provided extremely positive feedback during evaluation, reporting that the majority if not all participants, were confident to identify and remove hazards in their home to prevent slips, trips and falls. To download the Make Your Home Safer Toolkit click here.
West Arthur Community Resource Centre were the recipients of the Make Your Home Safer $5,000 grant. Two ‘Stay Safe in Your Home’ workshops were held and older adults in the community were invited to attend. The workshops were delivered in Wagin and Darkin, each attracting 26 and 32 participants respectively. Local physiotherapist Pam Stockley facilitated the workshops which included activities about recognising hazards in the home environment and what to do to live more safely in your home. Participants were also provided with advice and a demonstration of what to do if you have a fall and how to get up safely. Pam Stockley guided a Physio Chi class and many laughs were had throughout. The events both received great feedback from those who participated and positive reviews in the local newspaper.
To read about the Make Your Home Safer forum click here.
The fantastic peer volunteers at Stay On Your Feet® were kept busy this campaign, delivering a total of 41 presentations to groups of older adults in the community, including nine Make Your Home Safer presentations. Peer volunteers share tips and strategies that people can make in their home to help them reduce hazards and prevent slips, trips and falls. Participants also receive a Home Safety Checklist and Action plan. These can help to identify hazards in and around the home that might cause a fall and provides simple and low cost ways to remove them.
Stay On Your Feet® in the media
Stay On Your Feet® were featured in a wide variety of media publications including radio during the three month Make Your Home Safer campaign. The key messages of the Make Your Home Safer campaign were the feature of 16 articles in various metropolitan and regional community newspapers. Nine radio interviews with members of the Stay On Your Feet® team were also aired on local regional radio, Curtin FM and 6PR. Make Your Home Safer articles were also published in The Senior, Have a Go and the Health and Medicine Lift-out of the West Australian. Stay On Your Feet® is very pleased that the Make Your Home Safer campaign has featured in local and state media as it means we are reaching older adults throughout Western Australian. The team received many requests for information and resources from older adults in the community as a result of these stories.
Once again Stay On Your Feet® would like to thank those who were involved in the Make Your Home Safer campaign. The next Move Improve Remove campaign; Strengthen Your Legs, will be launching on Thursday 1 September 2016!