In autumn last year, the Service started piloting Safe & Well Checks which, in simple terms, are an expansion of our traditional Home Fire Safety Checks (HFSC).
Safe & Well Checks still incorporate all the elements of a HFSC but also look at health, social and lifestyle factors, which will ultimately help towards reducing their risk from fire. Issues such as mobility, loneliness and hoarding are some of the topics that are assessed during the visit so that appropriate signposting can then take place.
Community Safety Technicians and Worcester DCP have been involved in piloting the scheme and feedback so far has been very positive.
91 year old Vera (pictured) from Little Comberton recently had a Safe & Well Check and gave really positive feedback about her visit. During the visit, two interlink alarms and a vibrating pad under Vera's pillow were fitted as she wears hearing aids.
It is hoped that once the pilot concludes, the Safe & Well Checks will be rolled out across the organisation. This will be a very positive step for the Service and one that links in with the national fire and health agenda.
More news on Safe & Well will follow in due course.