80yo woman spends four days on the floor after breaking hip

Reverend David Hawke has helped out with repairs while the woman has been in hospital. Main photo: @QldAmbulance on Instagram
Reverend David Hawke has helped out with repairs while the woman has been in hospital. Main photo: @QldAmbulance on Instagram

Authorities have issued another reminder about looking out for the vulnerable during COVID-19 restrictions after an 80-year-old Queensland woman spent four days on the floor of her home with a fractured hip.

Police kicked in the door of her Beaudesert house and found her on the lounge room, crying for help.

Beaudesert Police Station officer-in-charge Ken Murray said police heard the woman's cry for help as they checked on her welfare last week.

"The officers only just heard her voice and they forced entry to find she had had been incapacitated after a fall," he said.

"It took her four days to crawl from her bedroom to the lounge room. She had a fractured hip."

"I think this could serve as a reminder for everyone to keep in touch with each other and check up on the elderly," he said.

"We contacted the Beaudesert Uniting Church and they are now working to make the house nice for when the lady comes back, and we will make sure she has better, more regular assistance."

She elderly woman is stable and resting comfortably at QEll Jubilee Hospital in Brisbane.

Reverend David Hawke said the church had arranged for the front door to be repaired and the house to be cleaned.

"It is clear that the lady had struggled for much longer than four days," he said. "She was not in good shape and we understand that she has no family and very few friends to rely on."

Rev Hawke urged vulnerable people, especially older folk, to avoid becoming isolated due to the social restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Give us a call and we will happily stay in touch with you," he said. "We also want to let everyone know, especially older folk, that we have stacks of food available here. We don't want anyone in Beaudesert struggling or going without food."

Sergeant Murray said residents had done a great job helping to stop the spread of coronavirus, with no fines for breaching restrictions.

"We are all excited to hear the news some restrictions may be relaxed," he said. "We have issued no fines in Beaudesert and we can take pride in that." He reminded residents not to become complacent and that mass gathering rules still applied.