Advice to senior citizens

2016-01-07 06:00

A SENIOR citizen fell, fracturing her femur­, due to osteoporosis.

After struggling for more than an hour, she managed to reach the phone to summon an ambulance. Thus the following precautions should be observed:

• Carry and/or suspend a cellphone and/or panic button on your body at all times.

• Inscribe the number of the ambulance service and hospital, together with details of either medical aid or state, “no medical aid”.

• Pack a bag containing nightwear, clothing, toiletries, reading material and a blanket.

• Compile a list of chronic medication. Keep a bag of chronic medication near the overnight bag.

• Place a small book containing contact details of family and friends near the bag.

• Ensure sufficient funds are also packed in the bag.

Dr L.J Peltz


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