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Skip to 0 minutes and 8 seconds My name is Rod Gillies. I’m 68 years of age, a retired salesman, and I live with my wife in South Shields. I’ve had a few falls in the past, but the most recent one was last week when I fell in the bathroom and damaged the shower screen. Fortunately I didn’t damage myself. The other falls have been outside, and again have been problematical in that I cannot get up. Having had a knee replacement four years ago, it’s never been right since, and I just do not have the strength to get up. And on occasions, a passerby has had to help me. In fact, there was one time that I fell and I’d been coming from the pub.

Skip to 0 minutes and 57 seconds But I’d only had one pint, so I was quite sober. And fortunately there was a young man passing with his family in the car, and they stopped and the young man came over and helped my wife get me to my feet. And the only thing was a bruised knee there. When I fell in the bathroom, I could not get up, and I had to crawl from the bathroom, again because my wife couldn’t help me, because I’m a big fellow. I had to crawl from the bathroom to the bedroom and pull myself up on the bed to get into bed again.

Skip to 1 minute and 32 seconds So I would recommend that if anyone goes to the bathroom during the night, they sit on the edge of the bed first of all, wait for a minute or two till they feel they can get up, then go to the bathroom holding on to something all the way. And if it’s a gentleman, a gentleman should sit down, although it’s perhaps not natural for us to do so. But they sit down and then when they’re finished, take the time, stand up slowly, hold onto something, and walk back to the bedroom. Again sit on the edge of the bed, and then go back to sleep after that.

Rod Gillies

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First we hear from Rod, a retired sales man, who is now active in an organisation, VOICE, which aims to improve the lives of older people.

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