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New slippers given out to elderly
Almost 1,000 slippers have been handed out to over-65s in Leicestershire as part of a campaign to ban dangerous "sloppy slippers" from homes.

According to the University Hospitals of Leicester, 24,000 over-65s in the UK fall over at home every year because of poorly fitting footwear.

Nursing staff at Leicester's hospitals have been exchanging worn-out slippers for new, safer footwear.

Staff have also been giving advice on how to prevent falls.

Making a difference

Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester General and the Glenfield Hospital have all been taking part in the campaign.

The hospitals' manager for the elderly, Louise Tarplee said handing out new slippers had made a difference.

"As well as hading out new slippers, we gave advice on how to avoid falls such as making sure lights are on, not having rugs around, and not tripping over electrics' cables.

"It is difficult to say we have prevented any falls but we definitely chucked away a few pairs of slippers that were dangerous," said Ms Tarplee.

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