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Staying Safe

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Staying Safe

There are lots of potential hazards in our homes but if you're aware of the danger areas and unsafe habits, you are more likely to be able to keep yourself safe. There are preventive measures you can take and sources of help and advice.

More accidents take place in the home than anywhere else, particularly in the kitchen and on the stairs. It’s important to keep your home well-lit and clutter free to avoid falls.

To ensure you remain safe at home, you may like to think about some of the preventative measures:

Telecare
Assistive technology
Securing your home
Reducing the risk of fire

Avoiding Falls

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Improving safety in the home can help prevent you from having falls and injuring yourself, whilst allowing you to continue to live independently.

Falls, slips and trips can lead to broken hips or wrists and other injuries, and are a leading cause of disability among the older population. Falls in the home can result in ill health, lengthy hospital stays, residential care, loss of independence, and can greatly affect your quality of life.

Various aspects of the home environment can be improved to reduce the risk of having a fall. Family, friends, neighbours and carers can help make things safer for you while allowing you to stay independent and self-sufficient.  Following are some tips on avoiding falls:

  • Make sure that the hallway and stairs have working lights - if possible replace the bulbs with low energy bulbs and keep light on overnight

  • Wear slippers with an appropriate heel so that they stay firmly on the feet

  • Regular gentle exercise can help reduce the risk and fear of falling.  Exercise such as Tai Chi is particularly helpful for improving balance

  • Have grab rails installed at key sites around the home or at the entrance to the home

  • Fasten down any torn bits of carpet or lino

  • Avoid tripping over the edge of rugs by either removing them or fastening down the edges

  • Review medication with your GP or pharmacist

  • Ensure that you look after your feet and ask for a referral to a podiatrist if you are worried about your feet

  • Speak to your occupational therapist who can give you lots of advice

Strength and balance exercises can keep you stronger for longer

We all want to continue to share our lives with loved ones as we get older, such as playing with grandchildren and socialising with friends. Simple strength and balance exercises twice a week are proven to keep you stronger for longer, independent and enjoying the great things in life, whether by joining a class or doing it yourself at home.

For more information on classes and activities in your area, take a look at the Healthy Peterborough web pages 

Safe + Well

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Daily living aids service to help Peterborough residents be safe and well

Peterborough’s new Safe+Well Service, provided by NRS Healthcare, supports local residents who may be older, disabled, recently discharged from hospital (or caring for someone that is) to find ‘daily living aids’ to help with everyday activities and stay independent.

Contact Safe+Well on 01480 415719 or for more information or visit www.safeandwell.co.uk/cambridgeshire.

Protecting yourself against scammers and cold callers

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There are many different scams you need to be aware of and to know how to avoid.

Which Consumer Rights produces an article providing advice on: 

  • Doorstep selling
  • Nuisance calls and texts
  • Uunwanted post and scams
  • Staying safe on dating websites
  • Pension scams
  • Internet scams

Doorstep safety

Be careful who you invite into your home. Everyone is vulnerable to cold callers and it is often hard to say ‘no’. Research shows that this is particularly true for elderly consumers who are often targeted by rogue salespeople and people offering to carry out work on their home or garden. 

Trading Standards offer a free sticker that goes on your front door with the message “we do not buy or sell at the front door”. Traders who ignore this message may be committing a criminal offence. You may also collect a sticker from Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline by calling on 03454 04 05 06

For further information or if you have an enquiry relating to rogue traders, cowboy builders, telephone and mail scams please contact Trading Standards.

Recognising and reporting concerns

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All adults aged 18 years and over should be able to live free from fear and harm and have their rights and choices respected.

Abuse can happen anywhere – in a residential or nursing home, in someones own home, in a hospital, in the workplace, at a day centre or educational establishment, in supported housing or in the street.  

Information on recognising abuse can be found on our Recognising Abuse page.

Who to call

If you have a concern, suspicion or allegation that an adult is being subjected to harm, abuse or neglect you should contact:

Non-urgent referrals - Peterborough Adult Social Care

Emergency referrals

Within office hours - Peterborough Adult Social Care

  • 01733 747474 (9am to 5pm Monday to Friday)

Outside office hours - Emergency Duty Team 

  • 01733 234724

If you think a crime has taken place, you may call the Police on 101 for non-emergencies or 999 in an emergency.

More information about safeguarding adults

More information can be found on the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Safeguarding Adults Board page

If your concern relates to a child or young person, please visit safeguarding children

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS)

The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards aim to protect people in care homes, hospitals and supported living from being inappropriately deprived of their liberty.

More information on DoLS is available on our Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards page 

Safe Place Scheme

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Safe Place Scheme

A safe place is a shop or building in Peterborough that people with learning disabilities can go to, if they feel they are in an unsafe situation. 

You can apply for membership by completing and returning the application form, which provides you with a personal membership card and includes your choice of emergency contact.

There are businesses across the city that members can visit if they find themselves in a difficult situation and can present a member of staff with their membership card for the emergency contact to be called.

You can watch a video about the Safe Place Scheme at the bottom of the page.

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