You’ve fallen, now what?

One in Three Older Adults falls each yearDespite taking necessary precautions and safety measures, sometimes falls still occur. If you or someone you know is at risk for falling, it’s important to know what to do after a fall to ensure your health and safety. Below are a list of steps you need to take after you experience a fall.

Step 1: Catch your breath and determine if you are injured.

Step 2: If you are injured, stay where you are and try to call for help. If no one is around, try to carefully move towards a phone or where someone can see or hear that you are in distress. Call for help or ask for help getting up.

Step 3: If you are not injured, slowly turn on your side to get in a better position to stand and sit down in a chair.

Step 4: After recovering from a fall, whether you are injured or not, make an appointment to see your physician. Talk to your physician about what may have caused the fall, any medications you are taking and other factors that may increase your risk for falls.

Step 5: Create a falls prevention plan to help you avoid future falls. If you are recovering from a fall, an All Care Home Health Physical Therapist can help you get back on your feet.

Experiencing a fall can be scary, but you can recover and decrease your risk for future falls. Follow the steps above and put a falls prevention plan in place to help you maintain your mobility and independence.

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