Homewatch CareGivers has provided it’s caregivers, as well as clients in the Chicagoland area, countless tips to take to help prevent falls. However, falls can happen even when all precautions and home safety guidelines are taken.
That moment when a fall occurs can be a very scary time for both senior and caregiver.
Here are 5 steps that should be taken if a fall occurs:
- The fallen senior and the caregiver need to both stay calm. Caregivers should encourage the senior to take deep breaths to help them relax and remind them to stay still on the ground for a few moments.
- Examine the senior for any injuries like bruising or bleeding. Ask them if they are experiencing any pain and where it is located.
- If the senior complains of severe pain or appear to be seriously hurt (i.e. broken limb, hit their head, unconscious), do not move them. Call 911 and keep them as comfortable as possible until paramedics arrive.
- If the senior is not injured and are able to move, assist them with getting up slowly. Stop if they experience any pain or present difficulty getting up. Encourage the senior to role onto their side and assist them to get onto their hands and knees if possible. Have them place their hands on a sturdy piece of furniture and assist them with pushing themselves up. If you are not able to safely get the senior up from the floor without injuring them or yourself, stop and call 911.
- Once off the floor, have the senior stay seated until you’re confident that they can stand and move without falling or hurting themselves.
- Notify family and doctor immediately. Falls should never be kept a secret. Further examination may be needed to help determine what may have caused the fall in the first place.
- Continue to monitor for any emerging pain or signs of injury.
All falls, no matter how minor they may appear, should be taken seriously.