Healthy ageing and getting rid of 'Sloppy Slippers'

Take a fire station, add some local health, care & community organisations and a bus load of people with slippers that have seen better days...and you've got “Sloppy Slippers”.


Earlier this week, members of the West Wakefield Health & Wellbeing team joined partners from across West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service, NHS Wakefield CCG, South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Wakefield District Housing, Wakefield Neighbourhood Policing team and Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust plus many more to put on an event with a difference!


Every year in the UK, one third of adults aged over 65 experience a fall and poorly-fitted slippers are just one of the main culprits.


“Sloppy Slippers” was a joint opportunity to meet with older members of the community to highlight the importance of ageing well and looking for the potential risks around the home in later life.


Over sixty local residents braved the cold March weather and stopped by at Ossett Fire Station to learn more about walking stick safety, falls prevention and to swap their worn-out old slippers for a brand new pair that were expertly fitted.


Each organisation in attendance had advice and information about local services that could support those locals who were feeling a little less steady on their feet these days.


In the classroom area, it was standing room only as Dr Zuzanna Sawicka, a consultant geriatrician from Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust gave three engaging talks about falls prevention, ageing well and recognising the signs of dementia.


Speaking after the event, West Wakefield’s clinical advisor and an organiser on the day, Dr Alison Sheppard said: “We have been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and engagement of all the partners involved today and there has been a great sense of community togetherness in the room.


Lots of residents have signed up for fire safety home checks, had their own health checked and have enjoyed a delicious cream tea as a treat.


I spoke to one lady who had two falls last year; she was very keen to learn how to reduce her risk of falling again as the whole ordeal had been very frightening for her. We binned her dangerous slippers and she really enjoyed the talks from Dr Sawicka.


Putting on exciting, cross-partner community events like this is just one example of the wider work we are doing around providing a truly integrated primary care offer to local people in West Wakefield as part of the NHS new models of care vanguard programme. Health, wellbeing and being part of a supportive community all happening together.”


For anyone that couldn’t attend, be sure to check out Dr Sheppard’s top five wellbeing and safety tips compiled from the day.


Keep visiting our website regularly for information on future events.

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