A fun campaign which has seen care home falls reduced by as much as 60 per cent in some areas has been embraced by residents at Fernhill House.   

Pimp My Zimmer started life in Essex and is now taking hold in other areas of the country.   Not only does it provide a fun and engaging activity for residents – it also pays a huge part in reducing the number of falls.   

Fernhill House manager Peta Mandleberg explained the concept behind the scheme:  “Let’s face it – zimmer frames are pretty grey and uninspiring. And not only does that make them dreary it also, more importantly makes them indistinguishable from each other. 

So, if a resident were to use someone else’s walking aid thinking it was theirs they could lose their balance and fall as it hasn’t been adjusted to suit their height.   

“By decorating them brightly however they fancy the frames are instantly recognisable. Added to that people have fun knitting, sticking, pasting and decorating them with all sorts of things. It transforms a dull purely practical piece of equipment into a rather funky accessory.”