Getting a Senior Standing Again
There are a lot of things we can do to try and keep a senior safe from falling and suffering an injury. However statistics show that one-third of adults aged 65 and older experience some sort of fall each year.
So what can you do to safely help someone when they have fallen?
- Stay calm and keep your fallen one calm by encouraging them to take slow, deep breaths.
- Examine them for injuries – bruises, skin tears, possible sprains, or broken bones.
- Ask them if they are taking any blood thinners such as an aspirin a day, Coumadin, Warfarin, or Heparin, or any blood thinners.
- If they don’t have a severe injury (e.g., a broken bone), don’t move them. Call 9-1-1, and keep them as comfortable as possible until help arrives. Alert the medical professionals if the individual is on any blood thinners and have a list of current medications to give the EMT’s.
- If they are not badly hurt and want to get up, proceed slowly and stop at any point if they feel pain, become stuck or too tired to get all the way up.
- Find 2 sturdy chairs. Place one next to your fallen person’s head and the other down by their feet. (Keep in mind, your fallen person needs to be the one doing the physical work of getting up. You’re just there to help guide them and keep them steady, not lift their weight.)
- Help the person that has fallen to roll over onto their side, assist them into a kneeling position. If they suffer from sore knees, place a towel underneath the knees.
- Move the chair closest to their head directly in front of where they are kneeling so they can place their hands on the seat, evenly.
- Ask the person to lean on the seat as they bring one leg forward and place that foot on the floor.
- Move the second chair directly behind them, then ask them to use their arms and legs to push themselves up, then sit back into the second chair. You can use your hands to keep them steady, but keep your back upright and make sure they are doing the physical work to lift themselves.
- Notify their doctor that they have had a fall.
Article from SYNERGY HomeCare C.A.R.E. Connection