Services to prevent falls
It is estimated that residents of Peterborough who fall in 2016 will result in over:
- 1,010 GP attendances
- 1,208 ambulance call outs
- 1,585 A&E attendances
- 555 hospital inpatient admissions
The associated costs of these are estimated to be over £39 million.
The city council's Home Services Delivery Team provides a range of services that are focused around Falls Prevention. These include:
The Handyperson service:
This service provides a wide range of practical support for older, disabled and vulnerable people to help maintain independent living, including:
- small building repairs
- odd jobs (for example, putting up curtain rails or shelves which prevent use of ladders and falling)
- general home safety checks with remedial action
- falls/accident prevention checks with remedial action to reduce risks (for example, securing loose carpets, putting up grab rails, suitable lighting)
- security checks with remedial action (for example, installing locks, chains, spy-holes)
- small home energy efficiency measures (for example, installing low energy light bulbs, replacing appliances)
- fire safety (for example, installation of smoke alarms, electric blanket checks, chip pan/fat fryer exchange), and
- signposting clients to other services
Repairs Assistance Grants
- Up to a maximum of £20,000 (means tested) for owner occupied property to address a range of hazards in the home including tripping hazards, falls between levels such as unsafe staircases, falls on the level such as uneven paving
- Heating grants to repair, replace or provide central heating systems. Cold homes cause both physical and mental harm. They can lead to circulatory problems as blood becomes thicker in lower temperatures, leading to stroke and heart attacks, as well as reduced mobility leading to falls or other injury.
Call (01733) 863860 for Handyperson and repairs assistance
Disabled Facility Grants
- Up to a maximum of £30,000 (means tested) to adapt a person's home to enable them to remain living independently at home, this can range from a stairlift, through floor lift, level access shower to an extension to provide ground floor sleeping and bathing facilities, all of which include falls prevention.
- Assistive Technology (AT) covers a wide variety of equipment and devices, both simple and complex that can promote independence and enable living at home for longer. This includes aids for sensory impaired clients, and clients with cognitive impairment, dementia and learning disabilities, including equipment and devices which can prevent falls.
Minor Aids and Adaptations
- assistance with discharge to enable care at home such as fitting key safes, equipment, grab rails, ramps
For further information call (01733) 747474.