I'm a new senior. I have no "living" family left and I have balance problems so I fall down a lot! I LIKE living alone but I'm very proud. Am I doomed to spend my last years in a stranger's room??

I'm a new senior. I have no "living" family left and I have balance problems so I fall down a lot! I LIKE living alone but I'm very proud. Am I doomed to spend my last years in a stranger's room??

Not at all! But what you should do is get yourself a monitoring system such as Lifeline that also has an automatic fall alert so that a call will be sent to a central call centre who will make sure you are OK and if not, then will call your emergency contact people.

At the same time, please make sure your house is as safe as possible for someone who falls. Modify sharp edges where possible and keep things off the floor and out of the way of where you might hit your head. If you want to go further you can purchase hip protectors to wear. Also consider equipment that might help you to maintain your balance such as something to pick things up or reach for so that you do not fall. Make sure your furniture is safe to get up from or down onto.

Regards,

Peter S. Silin, MSW, RSW, CCC
Counsellor-Coach
Diamond Geriatrics
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