VIDEO: Safety day for elderly residents

ELDERLY people in Boston’s Witham ward are feeling a little safer with the knowledge that help is at hand following an event on Thursday.

A Safety in the Home Day, organised by Boston borough councillor Carol Taylor and held at Witham Court, included a number of speakers to help those attending find out what help was available to them.

Safety day

Safety day

The day came after one of Coun Taylor’s ward members suffered a stroke at home one day and fell to the floor, resulting in a broken ankle.

She said: “We wanted to promote safety in the home today so we invited police and the ambulance to come and talk to residents to show them they are really quite safe and there is always help at hand.”

This included Sgt Gary Joynes and Pc Martyn Chambers, from Boston police who gave personal safety and security advice and answered questions.

Mayflower’s sheltered housing manager Sue Hallgarth and independent living coordinator Rachel Long demonstrated the latest technology in Careline alerts.

These included personal alarm devices which raise an automatic alert in the event of the wearer falling down – but are clever enough to cancel the alarm if the wearers are able to right themselves.

They also promoted electronic police-approved key safes which stop emergency services having to batter down doors in order to access a household.

Finally, paramedics Andy Pafarmow and Samantha Smith described what happened following an emegency call being received.