Safe and Well makes a difference in first 50 days

SUMMER 2016

Nearly 150 vulnerable residents in Cambridgeshire have benefitted from the fire service’s pilot Safe and Well visits in the first 50 days of the scheme.

The Safe and Well visit expands on the Service’s previous home fire safety check, where fire safety in the home was the primary focus.

The new process enables fire service staff to assess a range of other risks when in a resident’s home, including falls prevention, alcohol consumption, crime reduction, winter warmth and nourishment.

The pilot is running in selected locations across the county and in its first 50 days visited 142 residents, of which 85 per cent were over 65 and 46 per cent had a disability. Fire service staff also referred 12 per cent of those visited on to partner agencies for additional help or services.

Station Commander Paul Clarke, community fire safety team, said: “There is a real interest among our partners and staff regarding this positive new initiative. Using improved data, it is easier to identify those most at risk in our community and with the introduction of the Safe and Well visits, we can provide significantly better support to ensure their safety and wellbeing.”

During the visits, or on return visits, fire service staff can replace light bulbs, tape down loose carpets, provide hi-visibility tape for stairs and replace the rubber ferrules on walking aids.

In addition, selected staff can attach external hand rails as well as fit Assistive Technology Telehealthcare equipment, such as door alarms, pendants and cooker alarms.