Residents living in care homes across Stockton Borough have been adding their own artistic touch to brighten their dull grey walking aids.
Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s is running the “Make my Zimmer Shimmer” campaign to try and reduce the frequency of falls in care homes.
Residents have been personalising their walking aids using ribbons, foam, glitter and other colourful materials to make them easier to see, and also to give a sense of ownership of the frames.
Giving someone a personalised walking aid makes them much more likely to use it.
Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Services and Health, Councillor Jim Beall, said: “The idea of decorating a walking aid may be a simple and fun one but it could have a big impact when it comes to keeping people in care homes safe.
“The colourful designs are easily recognisable so it is less likely that they will be forgotten or mixed up with someone else’s aid which could result in a fall.
“Some very eye-catching designs have been created and it was great to see residents were getting so much enjoyment from the craft sessions.”
The campaign is part of Stockton Borough’s Falls Awareness month which has been taking place throughout April.
Photo caption: Barbara Walker of Woodside Grange care home and Cabinet Member for Adult Services and Health, Councillor Jim Beall.