13 December 2021

Managing long-term conditions through the Falls Service

 

The Challenge

An elderly lady who been struggling with poor mobility due to dealing with her arthritis and lymphoedema. She was not able to use the side door and was afraid to use the stairs alone. She lived with her husband, but knew that she needed further support from a service provider.

She approached Care & Repair and a support worker came to assess the home environment and speak to her to identify any other support she could be offered. Her biggest worry was her hands slipping on the dado rail at the top of the staircase and possibly falling on the stairs – this was a huge barrier to independence. She  was  also struggling to get on and off the toilet safely.

 

 

The Solution

A banister rail and newel rails were installed on the stairs to enable her to use the stairs safely. Similarly, grab rails were installed on each side of the side door which helped her to access the property safely. A toilet frame and a rail next to the toilet were also installed.

Her confidence rapidly improved following these changes and had a major positive impact on her overall wellbeing and safety in her home.