Stories Carr Gomm receives more than £8,000 for their responder service Carr Gomm Responder Service is working in partnership with Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) and pleased to announce receiving over £8k funding for Raizer Emergency Lifting Chairs to help further develop and improve Falls Responder Services in Argyll and Bute. Paul Chapman, Argyll and Bute HSCP Physiotherapy Team Lead said: “I am really pleased with the state of the art lifting chairs and the service Carr Gomm is delivering. The chairs not only help the person who has fallen, but it also helps the responders to avoid any strains or injuries. In partnership, we are continuing to focus on continuing to deliver and develop high-quality fall services to promote more independence to people living independently in their own home environments.” The chairs is a fast and safe solution that helps people to get off the floor after a fall with ease. The chairs take around 20 – 30 seconds to raise someone back on to their feet in a way that maintains their dignity and respect. The rigid structure also means that the chair is more stable and supportive than traditional inflatable air cushions to ensure people feel even more secure whilst being lifted. David Halfpenny, Learning and Development Manager for Carr Gomm said: “We were delighted to receive this funding with staff already making great use of the equipment.” The service enables people to get up from the floor safely, and helps to identify and advise people of available services to help further promote their independence at home for example: Home adaptations make people’s homes safer and easier to move around to carry out everyday tasks. People can be advised and referred to available health and wellbeing support services to help minimise the risk of future falls. Referrals or self-referrals can be made to Technology Enabled Care Personal alarm service known as The Telecare Service. Telecare is devices that call for help if you, or someone you know, falls or has a problem at home. The devices can be triggered if you fall over or out of bed. Argyll and Bute offer many Fall Prevention Services to help identify and manage the risks related to your health, wellbeing and environment. This can include things like strength and balance exercises, looking after your feet, vision and hearing, medication management, and identifying hazards in and around your home. The lifting service is helping people to remain at home well and reducing the number of emergency ambulance call-outs and presentations to minor injury and accident and emergency departments, Fiona Lawrence, Service Manager for Carr Gomm’s responder team shared: “The Raizer Chairs can be built around a person, and their additional back support means only a small amount of moving and handling. This helps the injured person feel secure. “Our staff have given so much positive feedback around how user-friendly the Raizer Chairs are - giving them lots of reassurance.” David said: “A big thank you to Argyll and Bute HSCP for helping us receive this funding and to all our hard-working staff who make this partnership such a success. FALLS ASSISTANT WEBSITE Falls Assistant Website enables people to self-assess key falls risks relevant to them and offers appropriate support and self-management advice. This site and has been put together by a team of qualified physiotherapists. However, please note that this website is not intended in any way to replace the advice of your doctor or any other health care professional. Specific advice should be sought in specific situations from a properly qualified health worker. Visit https://fallsassistant.org.uk/ Telecare Self-Check Online Tool What is the Telecare Self-Check Online Tool? This is an easy to use online tool that allows you to find helpful information on telecare services in your area that could help you live independently at home for longer. The tool asks 6 – 12 questions and will take about 5 minutes to complete. Once you have completed the tool you will be given useful information relating to your answers. The tool can be accessed by visiting the website at www.telecareselfcheck.scot NHS INFORM NHS Inform website has information and advice on Preventing falls, how to reduce your risk of falling at home and what to do if you have a fall. There is also short tutorial exercise videos to help improve strength and balance, stamina, flexibility and more importantly the mental health benefits of exercise should never be underestimated. Visit https://www.nhsinform.scot/healthy-living/preventing-falls/keeping-well/strength-and-balance-exercises/ Carr Gomm Carr Gomm supports over 2,000 people every day across Scotland to live their lives safely and well according to their choices. They also provide specialist support to vulnerable adults with a range of conditions including mental health, learning disabilities, physical disabilities and autism. Support can range from helping a young man with autism move into his own accommodation to helping a dad of young children to reduce his risk of eviction. They don’t do things for people, but instead work with them; supporting everyone differently. You can find Carr Gomm at https://www.carrgomm.org/ or call them on 0300 666 3030.