Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service carry out Safe and Well visits for over 65’s
Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service are carrying out health and well-being checks in people’s homes alongside Home Safety Assessments.
The visits, aimed at those in Cheshire aged 65 or over, give advice on slips, trips and falls, bowel cancer screening awareness, smoking cessation and alcohol reduction as well as information about how to achieve affordable warmth in their homes across the whole of Cheshire.
Nick Evans, the service’s head of prevention, said: “Between 1 February and 3 December 2017 our firefighters and advocates have carried out over 35,000 Safe and Well visits, with 8% of those visits resulting in a referral to health agencies. Without a Safe and Well visit, almost 3,000 people may have suffered adversely through lack of knowing where to turn or through not realising they may have something needing attention.”
Nick said that NHS England had asked the service to undertake work to help address excess winter deaths in England, in particular by helping identify people at risk.
He added: “The service has agreed with the four Cheshire local authority public health teams that we will ask, as part of a visit, some high level screening questions on the householders’ ability to heat their home.
“This will identify whether they might be eligible for any benefits or grants to upgrade their heating system or improve insulation. We have also agreed that the referral mechanism will be to an energy efficiency charity called Energy Projects Plus who will directly follow up with the householder and offer help and support.”
Peter Owen, chief executive Energy Projects Plus, added: “Keeping warm in your home is extremely important to your health, but not something enjoyed by everyone. The inclusion of affordable warmth screening in the fantastic Safe and Well programme means we can provide practical help to people in need and reduce the level of fuel poverty across Cheshire.”