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Plan ahead

Picture of garden
Focus group member, Wellington

I always take my mobile phone into the garden with me. If I don’t have a pocket, I just pop it under my bra-strap up near my shoulder… if you trip over and your phone is on the other side of the garden, what’s the point in taking it out there in the first place?

Falls happen more often than you’d think.

Here are a few simple things you can do to prepare:

  • keep your telephone within easy reach, even from the floor
  • leave a spare key in a secure place outside or with someone you trust so they can let themselves in if needed
  • get a personal medical alarm
  • discuss your plans with friends, family or neighbours.

If you fall

  • Stay calm and assess your situation
  • Decide whether you’ll try to get up
  • If you can get up, use something sturdy to support yourself
  • Get medical help if you need it, and tell your doctor about the fall
  • If you can’t get up, try to get to the phone or call out to attract attention, and make yourself as comfortable as possible until help arrives.

Personal alarms

If you have a personal alarm, use it. 

A number of people we’ve talked to have not activated their alarms after having a fall for fear of being thought of as a nuisance.   Our advice is; if you’re unable to get to a phone or call for help, you must set off your alarm.  The people at the other end won’t think you’re a nuisance at all, and your family will be relieved to know help was at hand when you needed it.

Enduring Power of Attorney

An Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) is a legal document which sets out who can take care of your personal or financial matters if you can’t.
Find out more about Enduring Power of Attorney.