Prevent injury with safe techniques to get up after a fall
If your older adult has a minor fall, they can prevent further injury by knowing how to safely get up off the ground. Getting up incorrectly could actually cause more injury than the initial fall itself.
This is an important skill because falls are common among seniors. According to the CDC, more than 25% of people age 65 and older fall each year. And, falling once doubles the chances of falling again.
5 minute video demonstrates safe techniques for getting up
We found a helpful video that clearly demonstrates how to safely get up after a fall.
We watched dozens of videos and thought this one was most useful because it goes over every step seniors need to take to get from lying on the floor to safely sitting in a chair.
The video starts with a long introduction and a liability disclaimer. You may want to skip to 1:35 in the video to see the demonstrations.
First, they show how older adults can safely get up on their own. Then, they show different ways seniors can call for help if they’re injured and can’t get up on their own.
Always assess injuries before moving!
Seniors should only consider getting up if they’re not injured or dizzy from the fall. They should also feel like they have enough strength to get up on their own.
If you find that your older adult has been injured in a fall, don’t move them – that could make their injuries worse. Instead, call 911, keep them as warm and comfortable as possible, and wait for emergency responders to arrive.
9 essential tips from the video
- Stay calm and don’t move for a few minutes. Moving too quickly can cause more harm.
- Figure out if anything was injured. Slowly move hands and feet, arms and legs.
- Assuming there are no injuries, slowly roll onto your side. Rest a little.
- Slowly push up into a crawling position and crawl slowly toward a sturdy chair or furniture item. Don’t rush. Rest as needed.
- Put one hand at a time on the seat of the chair.
- Supporting yourself with the chair, bring your strongest leg up to a 90 degree angle by putting that foot flat on the ground. The other leg stays in kneeling position.
- Slowly push up to standing using both arms and legs.
- Slowly turn around and lower yourself onto the chair.
- Sit and catch your breath for a few minutes before doing anything else.
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By DailyCaring Editorial Team
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