Safe and Well visits for the elderly and vulnerable hit the 1,000 mark

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service are proud to announce reaching the 1,000 mark for our Safe and Well visits launched last Summer to support the safety and wellbeing of the most vulnerable residents in the community.

Working with key partners including Cambridgeshire County Council, Cambridgeshire Constabulary, Health and Wellbeing Network, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust and the Drug and Alcohol Action Team, CFRS developed the Safe and Well model to offer a holistic approach to supporting people living in their own homes.

Building on the previous work of Home Fire Safety Checks, the Safe and Well visit encompasses a range of other areas including preventing falls in the home, monitoring alcohol use and consumption, staying well, warm and nourished at home and crime reduction including fraud and scams.

The Safe and Well visit now provides the Service with sufficient information to support individuals and, with consent, to refer individuals to selected partner agencies, who will be able to support them further.

Paul Clarke, Community Risk Manager at CFRS, said: “It is great to see the Safe and Well model having a positive impact on the lives of those living in our communities and empowering the most vulnerable to continue living independently with the support networks around them that they need access to, but may not have known existed prior to their visit.

"Although we target our work through partner agency data sharing to reach those most vulnerable people in our communities first, it is vitally important that people make referrals to us if they think someone they know, whether it be a loved one, a neighbour or a friend, could benefit from our completely free of charge service too.

"We will never share data for any commercial purposes and you are never under obligation to answer any questions that you do not want to, but the more information you provide us with, the better we will be able to support you. We can also provide advice in relation to promoting the health and safety of individuals with hoarding concerns, as well as providing valuable information to care providers.”

For more information on the FREE Safe and Well visit please return to our homepage and click on Safe and Well visits.