Care home hosts ‘fall awareness’ event

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SOUTH Yorkshire Housing Association are holding a free event to raise awareness of the need for heatlhy exercise among the elderly.

The ‘Falls Awareness & Older People’s Information’ event later this month will provide clear information on how to exercise safely, which foods are beneficial and the importance of looking after your eyesight.

Older people, their friends & family, and people working in caring professions are welcome to attend this free drop-in event.

SYHA Project Worker, Denise Mower, said: “Many older people associate falls as part of the ageing process and just accept this as an everyday part of life.

“We’re hoping to change this misconception. I would love Sheffield people to come along to our event and try all the different activities we have on offer, or simply peruse the information stands and chat to the different people and organisations that will be there.’

The event will take place on June 22 at White Willows Care Home on Dyche Road in Jordanthorpe. White Willows is an extra care housing scheme in Jordanthorpe for people over the age of 55. The development comprises of 60 two-bedroom apartments, and communal areas.

SYHA resident, Edith Hunt aged 88, said: “I have macular degeneration so I understand what it’s like to have eyesight problems, and how easy it is to fall.

“Living at White Willows has made life so much easier for me, even with my eyesight problems; everything here is clutter free and easily accessible for older people.”

Extra Care Housing, such as White Willows, has the overall goal of maintaining independence, while still having completely accessible care for the physical and emotional health challenges many older people face.

For many years, older people have considered residential care as the only option when experiencing any difficulty managing in their own home; White Willows has been developed to provide local residents with an alternative option.