The following information for What to do After a Fall was obtained from the National Institute on Aging and the National Library of Medicine, both part of the National Institutes on Health.
When a caregiver witnesses a fall, proper and timely response is critical. In fact, taking the right actions at the right time could save a senior's life.
A senior-friendly home helps to ensure safety and reduce the risk of falls. However, necessary home modifications are just one part of the equation. Caregivers also need to know the best ways to respond if a falling incident occurs.
One proactive approach is to have a Fall Response Strategy, detailing what to do immediately after a fall, and under which circumstances certain actions are to be taken. A sample response plan1, for when an older person falls in the presence of a family member or other care giver, is provided below.
Do Not Move Someone Who Has Fallen
Caregivers need to resist the impulse to move a fallen person and understand that they should make no attempt to help them to get up right away. Moving someone who has fallen may make the situation worse, especially when the extent of possible injury is unknown.
Instead, the caregiver should first assess the person's physical status, letting the results determine subsequent actions, as follows: