Our challenge:

To integrate services and encourage people of all ages to take charge of their own health and wellbeing – recognising that this can only be achieved with a focus on preventing ill health and promoting wellness.

How we tackled it:

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service worked in partnership with the NHS in Bury and Salford on ‘Safe and Well’, a pilot scheme to identify people aged over 65 who were at higher risk from having a fire or falling in their home and ensure they were offered support and assistance. National research shows that the older members of our community are at higher risk from both falls and having accidental fires at home.

Pensioners Alec and Hazel Watson had a visit in 2013 and were referred to the falls team and they now both feel safer at home.  The couple from Bury have working smoke alarms and an escape plan in place to use should they have a fire, and now they have handrails and a walking stick.

Due to the success of the project, falls assessments and referrals are now part of GMFRS’ core business. If you or someone you know would like a Safe and Well visit that could result in referral to the falls team then call 0800 555 815 or visit http://manchesterfire.gov.uk/about_us/what_we_do/key-projects/safe-and-well-1/

What changed:

Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: “More than 91 per cent of the people we visited are now more aware of how they can prevent a fire at home and more than 80 per cent said they feel they are less likely to fall at home.”

Devolution focus:

We are helping organisations to integrate and coordinate services to tackle the region’s major health challenges.

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