West Sussex County Council’s Slipper Swaps have proven to be so popular, with more than 350 pairs of new slippers already given out, that an extra date has now been added to meet demand.
Residents can bring their tired, worn-out, old slippers with them to Littlehampton Library on Friday, April 26 between 10am and 2pm to exchange them for a new pair of sturdy slippers.
The Slipper Swaps have formed part of a wider West Sussex County Council campaign to help reduce winter pressures on the NHS.
In 2017/18 in West Sussex there were 4,772 emergency hospital admissions due to falls in people aged 65 and over. Treating hip fractures as a result of a fall is estimated to cost the NHS in West Sussex more than £20 million a year.
Ill-fitting slippers, or those which are beyond their best, pose a real risk of causing a fall, so it is hoped that this pragmatic approach will help further reduce the risk of falling.
Daniel MacIntyre, the county council’s Lead for Falls Prevention, said: “Understandably the Slipper Swaps we have already held have proven immensely popular among our residents, but there is far more to them than just a means to keeping our feet warm in the colder months of the year.
“Each person who trades in their old pair of slippers not only receives a new pair of sturdy slippers to help keep them safe around the home, but also a wealth of information on other simple steps they can take to help reduce their risk of falling.
“I hope anyone who would benefit from some new slippers and advice on how to stay steady on their feet can make the time to come along to our next event.”