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Fall Prevention Series – Part 3 – What to do After a Fall

Fall Prevention Series – Part 3 – What to do After a Fall

The previous two editions of our ‘Fall Prevention’ series addressed the common environmental, biological, and lifestyle elements that contribute to the risk of falls.   Even with the best prevention strategies, falls can still occur, and it is important for us to know just what to do when a fall happens. After a fall – If you can get up – how to get to a safe and comfortable position: Do not try to stand up if you are injured and/or feeling dizzy. If anyone is close enough to assist you, call out for their help. Take a moment to catch your breath, get your bearings, and recover if you were feeling light-headed. If no one else is around to assist, and you are able to, gently roll to your side – leading first with your head, then shoulders, torso, and legs. Rest if necessary. Slowly get up on all fours. Once you have your balance, gently crawl to a sturdy piece of furniture such as a sofa or heavy chair. Place your arms on the piece of furniture and grip firmly. While steadying yourself with your arms on the furniture, place your strongest foot flat on the floor, and with the other leg in the bent position, slowly lift yourself onto the chair or sofa. Once you are able to move, and even if you feel fine, get to a phone and call a caregiver or family member. It is important to make sure that someone is with you and you are ultimately checked out by a health practitioner for any injuries you may not be aware of. After...