Octogenarians feel 10 years younger thanks to Healthy Homes scheme

Published on: Wednesday, 04-November-2015

An Octogenarian couple say they feel like they’ve been given a new lease of life after benefiting from a range of free support through Healthy Homes in Knowsley. They hope their story will encourage other residents to find out if the scheme could also help them.

The Healthy Homes team met the Syders during routine visits to homes in Whiston. After a short and informal chat with the couple the Healthy Homes advocate was able to refer the Syders for a comprehensive health and wellbeing assessment with partner agency IKAN, a community health and wellbeing signposting service for people aged 55 years and over.

As a result Care and Repair visited the couple’s home to fit grab rails and provide advice on converting their bathroom into a wet room. The Syders were also invited to join a Falls and Wellbeing Postural Stability exercise programme which benefits older people by improving posture and balance. Brenda and Ted Syder practice movements from the Falls and Wellbeing Postural Stability exercise programme

Ted Syder, who is waiting for a knee replacement operation, said:

“Six months ago I was an old man and my joints were slowly stiffening up. I really thought I was getting ready to die. I had many friends and family younger than me who helped me do chores which I used to do myself and I was unbelievably grateful. That was my life, until I was invited on to the Falls and Wellbeing Postural Stability exercise programme. Now I feel ten years younger. I am no longer preparing to die, I’m not suffering like I used to and it makes me feel like there are many more things still to see and do.

“Friends and family are commenting on how well we both look and noticing how much our posture has improved. I can’t thank Healthy Homes and IKAN enough for the new lease of life my wife and feel we’ve been given.”

Healthy Homes in Knowsley aims to improve both the living conditions and health and wellbeing of residents and is available to everyone in the borough.

If you would like to take part, a trained advocate will visit your property and talk to you about your health, home and wellbeing.  This will help them to identify any health or support services you might need or want, as well as any aspect of your property that could be improved to benefit your health and wellbeing.

Cllr Brian O’Hare, Chair of the Public Health and Neighbourhoods Cabinet Committee, said:

“Improving the health and wellbeing of our residents is a priority for the council and I’m delighted that Mr and Mrs Syder’s referral through Healthy Homes in Knowsley has resulted in such an improved sense of wellbeing for them both. 

“The feedback we have received through the initiative has been extremely positive, particularly in helping older people to maintain their independence and I would encourage all our residents to take part.”

Jeannie Embleton, IKAN Trusted Assessor, said:
“The Syders are a lovely couple and it was a pleasure to meet them and offer support and interventions which have dramatically improved their health and wellbeing beyond any of their expectations.”

Healthy Homes is a free service, provided by Knowsley Council in partnership with Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service. To take part call call 0800 694 0370 or email healthyhomes@knowsley.gov.uk

IKAN is a community health and wellbeing signposting service for people aged 55 years and over.