How Seniors Can Safely Get Up After a Fall [VIDEO]

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

  1. Stay calm and don’t move for a few minutes. Moving too quickly can cause more harm.
  2. Figure out if anything was injured. Slowly move hands and feet, arms and legs.
  3. Assuming there are no injuries, slowly roll onto your side. Rest a little.
  4. Slowly push up into a crawling position and crawl slowly toward a sturdy chair or furniture item. Don’t rush. Rest as needed.
  5. Put one hand at a time on the seat of the chair.
  6. 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.
  7. Slowly push up to standing using both arms and legs.
  8. Slowly turn around and lower yourself onto the chair.
  9. Sit and catch your breath for a few minutes before doing anything else.

 

Next Step   Watch the video for practical tips that help your senior safely get up after a fall (5 min)

 

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By DailyCaring Editorial Team
Image: Assisting Hands Home Care

9 Comments

  • Reply October 13, 2019

    Sharon

    What if you fall say on the sidewalk and there is nothing to crawl or roll to for support. How can you just use your arms and legs without holding on to anything?

    • Reply October 14, 2019

      DailyCaring

      Helping yourself up (or to a phone) after a fall is useful if you’re alone and nobody is likely to find you soon. However, if you’re out in public, it’s likely that someone would see you or that you could yell for help to get someone to come over and help or call for an ambulance in case of serious injury.

  • Reply September 3, 2019

    Patricia Nielsen

    I had both knees replaced so I can not kneel at all.How do I get up if I have ?nothing nearby to use

    • Reply September 3, 2019

      DailyCaring

      In that case, it may be safer for you to find a solution that allows you to call for help at any time, like always having a mobile phone with you or using a wearable medical alert device.

  • Reply November 16, 2018

    Jacqueline de Wet

    Thank you for your reply. However, I suffer from Dermatamyositis and the first area of one’s body which becomes disabled is the pelvic area, making even getting up out of a chair impossible. So we cannot rely on any leg support when flat on the floor. It takes a strong person to help one into a seated position by squatting. behind and pushing the person up. The helper then leans into one’s back and places his/her arms under the armpits, locking hands across the chest. The helper straightens his/her legs, hoisting one’s body up with him/her.

    • Reply November 17, 2018

      DailyCaring

      Each person has unique mobility issues, so the way that someone will be able to help you is different from how it would work best for someone else. However, it’s also very important to keep in mind that the caregiver or person providing the help needs to protect their body from injury as well.

      The method you describe may work for you and the person caring for you, but it carries a high risk of injury. The person helping you is pulling you up using their shoulders and back, putting a great deal of strain on those muscles. Also, if they happen to lose their balance in the process or don’t have enough strength to complete the movement, they could fall and/or drop you — causing additional injury.

      We’ve got a video that demonstrates safer techniques to use when helping someone move from one position to another — How to Help Seniors Get Up Without Injuring Yourself: Safe Transfer Techniques [Video] https://dailycaring.com/how-to-help-seniors-get-up-without-injuring-yourself-safe-transfer-techniques-video/

      For your specific mobility limitations, it might be best to consult with a physical therapist to find out the best ways for someone to help you if you happen to fall.

  • Reply January 6, 2018

    Eleanor Fanselau

    I saw in a catalogue for the elderly some steps that could de used to help them crawl up after a fall.

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