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Mobility assessments for Cumbria residents

8th January 2014

This news article is from Handicare UK. Articles that appear on this website are for information purposes only.

Cumbria residents are to receive personal visits to assess the safety and mobility problems within their homes. Home Accident Reduction (HART) is visiting vulnerable residents in Cumbria to determine whether their living conditions are safe and whether they would benefit from such mobility aids as a home stair lift.

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service technicians began their assessments of residents’ home safety through mobility issue and fire risks from the 17th December in a move to help prevent future falls and accidents. The new scheme has seen the Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service work alongside partner agencies NHS and Age UK to provide a fuller and more well-rounded service offering information and resources to the county’s most vulnerable residents.

The scheme will see professionals take full assessments of such residents’ homes and advise on whether the installation of home stair lifts or walk in showers would help prevent potential accidents and falls. Six Home Accident Reduction technicians, as well as other Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service staff - including firefighters - are being trained to deliver such information and advice that could potentially save lives or at least serious injury.

Chief fire officer Ian Cartwright said of the assessments that, “statistics show elderly and disabled people, especially those who live alone, are more at risk of fire and household accidents, so the launch of this new HART service is a real landmark moment for Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service”.

Should someone not live in Cumbria yet feel they may be eligible for this service, they can arrange a home assessment from the trained staff at Handicare. The service is designed to benefit the most vulnerable within the community and ensure that the homes of the elderly and those who suffer with mobility issues are as safe and accessible as possible through the thorough assessment of fire safety and fall prevention.

 

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