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Skip to 0 minutes and 14 seconds So thanks for joining us again. We’re joined by Chris Elliott, the advanced occupational therapist who we’ve already met. So having worked in the community with your occupational therapy, are you aware of any of other services that might be available in the community for people who’ve been affected by falls? Yes. There are some services available that give 24-hour advice and care to people living in the community who may have fallen. Now, that might be if you’ve fallen, that you may be contacted through an intercom system to give you some reassurance.

Skip to 0 minutes and 54 seconds Or if you’ve fallen and perhaps can’t get up, then there are services available where people will come to your home, help you from the floor, and assess you and the situation to see if you need further care. Right. So as you’re an occupational therapist, your role would be to go and try and prevent falls but actually there are other services who can go in fairly acutely and help people that have had a fall right now. Absolutely. So as an occupational therapist, we would look at giving you advice and training on how to get from the floor, but that might not always be the case.

Skip to 1 minute and 28 seconds Whereas these services are available, they offer peace of mind as well as practical assistance in the case of a fall at home. Thinking about the practicalities, if someone’s had a fall and they’re on the floor, how can someone get in the house to help them? It depends on the service, obviously, that you’ve chosen. But often there might be some sort of key system on the door or there might be actual key holders who will be able to access that property. But these are all packages that are worked out for you at the time.

Skip to 2 minutes and 1 second You could self-refer or it might be a health professional like myself who might refer you or a social care professional who might refer you into such services. And say someone has had a fall, how can they alert people to the fact that they’re on the floor and they can’t get up. Well, the most common way is by wearing a pendant. So you have a pendant that you can press that raises an alarm. And within your property, you’ve got an intercom system and somebody at the other end of the care-call will be able to speak to you directly. Thanks for joining us, again, Chris. You’re welcome. And thanks for watching.

Meet the expert: Chris Elliott explains pendant alarms

In this ‘meet the experts’ video, Chris Elliott provides us with some more information about using pendant alarms if we are unable to stand up after a fall.

A pendant alarm enables us to communicate via an intercom with an operator who works for a health or social care organisation. The operator will be able to call for help if needed. We need to consider how any help can get into the house if the doors are locked. Chris will also explain some of the options available.

Below is a link to a company who offer pendant alarms. This is not intended as a recommendation of the company or this particular system, but we think the video is a useful example for those who want to see a pendant alarm in action.

  • Would you consider wearing one if you had difficulty getting up from the floor? Or, do you think carrying a mobile telephone would be better?

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