Getting Up Safely From a Fall: How Caregivers Can Help
The following recommendations for safely assisting someone after a fall1 are sourced from professional agencies on care giving and senior health issues.2 Follow this link for more on fall prevention strategies.
Safely Helping Someone to Get Up From a Fall
After someone falls down, he/she may try to get up quickly. For several reasons, this is not a good idea. As a caregiver, it's important to convince the person who has fallen that he/she should not rush but, instead, should proceed with caution when getting up from the floor.
Caregivers may assist (see helpful guidelines below), but the fallen person needs to do most of the work. If he/she cannot manage the effort, the caregiver should stop making attempts to move them and summon medical assistance right away.
Proceed slowly and remain calm. Be prepared to stop at any point.
Knowing what to do when a fall happens is essential to keeping a care recipient safe and well, but so is understanding why they occur and finding the best ways to prevent them. If someone under your care is routinely stumbling and falling, or has extreme difficulty managing daily, mobility-related activities, then perhaps it's time for a face-to-face mobility examination with a qualified medical professional. The doctor will conduct medical tests and decide upon the most reasonable mobility solution available.
Contact a Mobility Specialist at 800-542-7236 for a complimentary mobility consultation that will help determine if there may be the need for a power wheelchair. Specialists are also happy to assist with scheduling a mobility exam with the doctor.
This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice.
1Only individuals who are physically capable should attempt these actions. Extreme care should be taken in all instances.
2Sources: HealthinAging.org; American Geriatrics Society Foundation for Health in Aging; NIHSeniorHealth.gov; National Institute on Aging; American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons