Safety first in Pimp Your Zimmer contest

Blog Post 11 July 2017

West Midland Care Association’s Pimp Your Zimmer completion is still creating interest as providers discover its creative approach to helping residents say safe.

A great concept, the campaign has seen measureable outcomes in the safety of older people

Residents of members’ care homes were encouraged to transform their grey and uninspiring walking aids into glamorous works of art by adorning them with bespoke artwork.

The concept was initially the idea of Angela Donlevy, manager at Chalkney House care home in White Colne, near Halstead, who wondered to herself ‘Why are all walking frames grey?’

The Pimp My Zimmer seed was sown and when we learnt that it helped reduce falls in some care homes by up to 60 per cent we wanted to encourage members to take up the idea,

The ‘pimping’ plan has been particularly helpful with residents who have memory loss, the unique frames proving a reference point of ownership and a gentle reminder they need to be used for walking.

Our winner was Florence ‘Floss’ Pierce of Eversleigh Care Centre, Wolverhampton. Her frame was perhaps the most poignant of all the creations we saw.

Other finalists were: from Greenleigh Care Home, where Tracey Pearson submitted a resident’s frame with a distinctive Back Country ‘Bostin’ cup of ta’ creation; Barry Thomas (Halas House) with a cheery musical offering; and Lil of Broadway Halls Care Home with camper van art – a reminder of her camper van travels.