Elderly woman trapped in home for three days after falling


December 20, 2011

Winters can pose more challenges for the elderlyA recent fall left an 82-year-old Marshfield, Massachusetts, resident alone on her floor for three days, The Patriot Ledger reports.

According to the publication, the senior woman had been walking around her home on Saturday night when she suddenly fell, unable to get up or to reach for a phone to call for help. She remained there for three days, until her son stopped by after she hadn't been answering the phone. He found his mother when he arrived and immediately called 911.

Kevin Robinson, the Marshfield Fire Chief, reported that the woman was taken from her home and transported to a nearby hospital for evaluation. The woman's son added that his mother didn't suffer any serious injuries from the fall, the news outlet reports.

According to Robinson, seniors living alone should have some means of a personal emergency response system to be able to call for help in an instance like this.

Family members of a loved one aging in place may want to install a medical alert system in their homes. This way, a person always has the ability to call for help in any emergency as the device can be worn around a parent's neck.