The call after the fall: What to do with grandma

Six weeks ago, our dear 77-year-old neighbor Dee fell while going out to water her yard. It was a fluke accident, simply a misstep, while she was trying to loosen a hose. Her hip hurt, but Dee was more worried about her elbow – until she tried to stand up. The pain was excruciating. An unfortunate factor was that both her children were out of the country at the time. We, her neighbors, were also out of town. She didn’t have a medical alert device on – she had never needed one – and her phone was inside. The fortunate factor was she lived on a busy street and a kind couple heard her cry for help. They called 911 and within minutes, the ambulance was there to transport her to Duke Raleigh.

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