Monday, 28 December 2015

New Safe and Well visits from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

 A Safe and Well visit is a person-centred home visit carried out by both Operational and non-Operational staff within Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service. The visit expands the scope of previous home checks by focussing on health and crime prevention, as well as fire.

A Safe and Well visit  will involve the systematic identification of, and response to, health, wellbeing and home security issues in addition to focussing on fire risk reduction.

An effective Safe and Well visit takes a holistic approach to reducing risk. This is achieved by considering the individual, their home environment and lifestyle. It places the wishes, beliefs, needs and abilities of the individual at the heart of the intervention.

Throughout a Safe and Well visit our aim is to empower and motivate people to make positive changes to their health, wellbeing and fire safety. By doing this the process should not be limited to merely signposting to other agencies, but will also look to reduce risks during the initial visit where appropriate.

What a Safe and Well check can involve: -

A light touch health check of all individuals
Identification of risk factors while in the home
Provision of brief advice or interventions
Provision of appropriate risk reduction equipment
Referral to specialist advice and support where appropriate
Signposting to further useful information

Over the last 10 years there has been a dramatic fall in the number of accidental fires, and deaths and injuries caused by fire. This is largely due to the prevention work carried out by the Fire Service.

The people who are at higher risk of having a fire are also the same people other agencies are keen to support - for example they may have mobility issues, need support with mental health or frail.

For more information please contact: safeandwell@manchesterfire.gov.uk

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