Falling over isn't fun

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Text appear: “We asked all six of our participants if they’d fallen and were by the answers.” 

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Bev sitting in a chair 

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Bev – “I had a scooter when I was young, and I can’t resist trying these things out. These new ones they are terrible with their little wheels.” 

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Margarit sitting in a chair 

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Margarit – “I just fell on the pavement. I didn’t see the step and just fell over.” 

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Judy sitting in a chair 

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Judy – “I have lots of because I have a physical disability.” 

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Kay sitting in a chair 

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Kay – “At the bottom of the stairs there was a wooden sill and as I came down I smacked my head on the sill and split my head open and absolutely knocked myself out.”

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Bev sitting in a chair

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Bev – “Anyway, I had to go on it and I went around in a small circle and turned the wheel too sharply. It got jammed and I came down on the concrete. I smashed my forehead and my nose. My glasses dug into the bridge of my nose and I bled profusely.” 

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Kay sitting in a chair 

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Kay – “The next thing I knew or really remember very well was coming to with blood everywhere, a broken wrist and everything else.”

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Text appear: “How did it affect you?” 

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Kay sitting in a chair

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Kay – “It was pretty horrendous actually – the whole experience. Six weeks out of my life really.” 

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Margarit sitting in a chair 

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Margarit – “I don’t like to climb up on the ladder to get things down. I’m a bit more cautious now.” 

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Judy sitting in a chair 

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Judy – “Two of my friends had broken wrists and another smashed her face when she’s fallen and it’s so sad for them, it takes such a long time to recover.” 

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Kay sitting in a chair 

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Kay – “It is a very scary experience, you know, and I didn’t think it would have knocked my confidence like it did. Because I don’t perceive myself as being vulnerable like that. I had one fall and I think I lost my confidence a lot as well, even though I’m really fit and able person. I go to the gym all the time. I’ve done body building competitions. Invincible? Ahh, not so much, not so much.” 

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Text appear: “What was your experience of the health system?”

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Kay sitting in a chair 

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Kay – “That was very confusing, I wasn’t sure what I needed to do to make sure I had everything I needed at home and things like that. If it hadn’t been for my children, I’m not too sure how I would have got through the system. There are lots of things you ned to know and you need to find out and you need to find them out pretty quickly as well.” 

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Text appear: “How important is your independence?” 

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Bev sitting in a chair 

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Bev – “Most important.” 

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Kay sitting in a chair 

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Kay – “It’s everything. It’s my independence, it’s who I am. It’s the freedom to be able to continue to be myself without having to live in a structured environment.”

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Bob sitting in a chair 

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Bob – “Extremely so, I really feel I must be independent.” 

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Joss sitting on the couch 

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Joss – “I am very independent. I like to do what I like to do. Not be told.” 

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Margarit sitting in a chair 

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Margarit – “I like my independence, yes. I’m healthy. I’ve got my family around, not far, but I live being on my own as well.” 

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Judy sitting in a chair

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Judy – “It’s very important. Because I know where I’m going, I know how many back steps I’ve got, and I know my space that I can operate in.”

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Bev sitting in a chair 

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Bev – “My father who died at the age of 90 was independent until almost the end. He worked in his garden and grew vegetables and that’s exactly how I would like to follow.” 

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Judy sitting in a chair 

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Cameraman – “That was great. Done. Wonderful.” 

Judy – “I had no idea what I am coming into today.” 

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Bev sitting in a chair and laughing then gets off the chair 

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Bev – “Right.” 

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