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Fall victim speaks of experience as charity makes safety call

YVONNE SHARES HER STORY DURING FALLS AWARENESS WEEK

YVONNE SHARES HER STORY DURING FALLS AWARENESS WEEK

One fall victim has recalled the moment of sheer panic after she tumbled to the floor, in a bid to raise awareness of the problem more widely.

Yvonne Rooney was telling her tale as one charity for the elderly tried to use this week to promote its safety message around falls.

Age NI is using its website to offer advice and is also promoting its personal alarms during Falls Awareness Week, from June 16 to June 22.

Grandmother Ms Rooney, aged in her early 60s and from Lisburn, spoke about the impact which a fall can have.

She said: “I woke up on the floor in a panic. Earlier that night, I felt dizzy on my way to the bathroom and the next thing I remember was slowly coming to on the floor, not really knowing where I was or how I’d got there.

“I crawled to the bedroom, found my phone and managed to call my daughter who dropped everything for me.”

Her daughter arrived and took her to hospital, where she was kept in for four nights.

She recounted that as she lay there she began to wonder what the long-term ramifications of the fall would be.

“I knew something about me had changed,” she said.

“It was my confidence. It had gone. I knew when I got home that I needed to do something to help me get my confidence back.”

She contacted Age NI and obtained a personal alarm.

The alarms are a commercial venture, with the profits going back to the charity.

Hugh Black, its commercial director, said: “Falls can not only cause loss of mobility, but may also affect personal independence and confidence.

“That’s why awareness and prevention are so important. There are many reasons that make falls more likely as we get older, but there are also many things we can do to prevent them.”

He directed anyone with concerns to the charity’s website.

Ms Rooney, who does volunteer work, is now said to be recovering well.

Age NI is a recently-formed charity combining Age Concern NI and Help the Aged’s Northern Irish arm.

For guidance about fall prevention, see: www.ageni.org/falls

For more on the personal alarms, visit www.ageni.org/alarm or call 0808 100 4545.

Yvonne Rooney was telling her tale as one charity for the elderly tried to use this week to promote its safety message around falls.

Age NI is using its website to offer advice and is also promoting its personal alarms during Falls Awareness Week, from June 16 to June 22.

Grandmother Ms Rooney, aged in her early 60s and from Lisburn, spoke about the impact which a fall can have.

She said: “I woke up on the floor in a panic. Earlier that night, I felt dizzy on my way to the bathroom and the next thing I remember was slowly coming to on the floor, not really knowing where I was or how I’d got there.

“I crawled to the bedroom, found my phone and managed to call my daughter who dropped everything for me.”

Her daughter arrived and took her to hospital, where she was kept in for four nights.

She recounted that as she lay there she began to wonder what the long-term ramifications of the fall would be.

“I knew something about me had changed,” she said.

“It was my confidence. It had gone. I knew when I got home that I needed to do something to help me get my confidence back.”

She contacted Age NI and obtained a personal alarm.

The alarms are a commercial venture, with the profits going back to the charity.

Hugh Black, its commercial director, said: “Falls can not only cause loss of mobility, but may also affect personal independence and confidence.

“That’s why awareness and prevention are so important. There are many reasons that make falls more likely as we get older, but there are also many things we can do to prevent them.”

He directed anyone with concerns to the charity’s website.

Ms Rooney, who does volunteer work, is now said to be recovering well.

Age NI is a recently-formed charity combining Age Concern NI and Help the Aged’s Northern Irish arm.

For guidance about fall prevention, see: www.ageni.org/falls

For more on the personal alarms, visit www.ageni.org/alarm or call 0808 100 4545.

 

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