Keeping warm and helping reduce falls across Solihull with slipper hand out - The Solihull Observer

Keeping warm and helping reduce falls across Solihull with slipper hand out

Solihull Editorial 20th Jan, 2024   0

MORE THAN 200 slippers have been handed out to Silhillians to help keep toes toasty and reduce the risk of falls this winter.

Solihull Council has been handing out the slippers to vulnerable older people at warm hubs in the borough and some have been given to Silhillians receiving care at home or living in care homes.

Councillor Tony Dicicco, cabinet member for adult social care and health, visited the warm hub at Meriden Sports Park to meet local residents and distribute some of the slippers, which have Velcro fastenings and non-slip soles.

Coun Dicicco said: “People have told us what a difference it makes to have warm feet and a well-fitting pair of slippers.

“Making sure that people are wearing the right size slippers and shoes is an important way of reducing the risk of falls. We’re delighted to have the help of NHS podiatry lead Helena Meally to check people’s feet and ensure they get the correct size slippers.”

The slippers have been bought through the Household Support Fund and are being distributed by the Council’s Adult Social Care team with the help of warm hubs, community groups and care providers.

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