Make a plan in case of a fall


While you want to do all that you can to prevent a fall, it’s also important to have a plan in place if a fall does occur. Lying on the floor unable to get up can lead to problems such as dehydration, pressure sores, hypothermia and delayed medical assistance.

If you live alone, it’s important that you get help quickly if you have a fall or another emergency.

A personal alarm will allow you to contact a friend or family member who can get help on your behalf. Options include:

  • Wearable device that can attach to your wrist, around your neck or on your waistband
  • Wearable device (such as a smart watch) that can detect a fall and can call emergency services
  • Intercom system activated by a voice command
  • Monitored alarm system
  • Having a daily check-in system


Make sure your contact person knows how to access your house if the door is locked – consider having a lockbox or leaving a key with a neighbour.