Falls, Let's talk
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Today’s blog is about actions and safety after a fall.
Unfortunately, falls happen. As a caregiver it can be petrifying; in addition, it is very common for caregivers to hurt themselves when trying to pick up a senior after a fall.
In this blog post we will discuss some guidelines to picking up a senior after a fall.
Picking Up a Senior After a Fall
1. Stay calm
2. Help the senior to remain calm
- Take slow, deep breaths
3. Check for injuries
- Bruises, bleeding, sprains, and broken bones
- If the senior has hit their head, call 911
4. Ask about pain
- Where it is? How severe it is?
5. If there’s a broken bone, don’t move them
- Call 911
- Keep the senior warm, comfortable, and still
6. If they aren’t hurt and they want to get up, proceed slowly
- Stop, if they become stuck, experience pain, or become too tired
7. Grab 2 good chairs
- Place 1 by the senior’s head
- Place the other down by their feet
- Your role is to help guide them
- You will walk them through the steps and keep them steady
- Do not lift their weight. If they cannot, then call 911
8. Guide and help the senior roll over onto their side
9. Assist the senior to getting onto their hands and knees
- If the senior suffers from arthritis, place a towel beneath them
10. Move the 1 chair (closest to their head) directly in front of the senior
- They will use this chair to, place their hands evenly on the seat
- Guide them into a kneeling position
11. Guide the senior to lean forward on the chair
- Placing their foot flat on the floor
12. Move the 2nd chair directly behind the senior
- Guide the senior to use both their arms and legs to push themselves up
- Sit back into the chair
- Be prepared to keep the senior steady - keep your back upright
- Ensure you are not doing any lifting
13. Allow the senior to sit and breathe until ready to continue moving
14. Immediately notify their doctor
15. Keep checking for pain and signs of injury – specifically mental state
Never, ever keep a fall a secret! This can in the long term limit a senior’s independence, as they don’t receive proper support and learn about fall prevention strategies.
Being aware of the falls can help you be able to strategic plan for solutions and make the environment safer.
The Primary Care Physician can review medications that may put the senior at higher risk for falls. Plus, many home health agencies have fall prevention programs, the Primary Care Physician can order for the evaluation to be done in order to have Physical and Occupational therapy to come into the home and develop a care plan to prevent falls.
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