The initiative is run by Salisbury Shopmobility and the Salisbury District Hospital Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS). It will feature displays from the Parkinson Disease Society, Wiltshire Blind Association, Salisbury Carers, Care Connect, Salisbury Multiple Sclerosis Society and Wiltshire County Council's 'No Barriers' Awareness Team.
As part the day there will also be a slipper exchange, where people over 65 can bring along a pair of old, worn-out slippers and exchange them free for a new pair which will be fitted by trained fitters. Poorly fitting slippers are a common cause of falls for the elderly which often leads to a spell in hospital and could result in long term disability.
Maggie Cherry, Head of PALS said: “Some people may have been born with a disability, for others, disability could be a result of an accident or illness. The important point is that there are many organisations, charities and support groups in the community and this is an opportunity to find out more about the help that is available from them.” Ends
For further information please contact:
Patrick Butler, Public Relations Manager, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust. SP2 8BJ. Tel: 01722 425170.