What to do After a Fall

Falling is not a normal part of aging, but we all know sometimes stuff happens. If you or a loved one finds themselves on the floor,, it is important for them to take the following steps:

  • Stay calm and assess the situation. If they are not injured, they should try to get back up slowly and safely.
  • If they are injured or unable to get back up, they should stay where they are and call for help. If they are able to do so, they should try to reach a phone or press a medical alert button.
  • If they are not injured, they should take the time to identify and address any hazards that may have caused the fall, such as loose rugs or poor lighting.
  • Even if they are not injured, it is still important to seek medical attention after a fall. Falls can cause underlying injuries or conditions that may not be immediately apparent.
  • Elderly people should take precautions and have emergency contact numbers, medical alerts, and a plan in case of a fall.
  • It is also important for older individuals to speak with their healthcare provider about fall prevention strategies, such as exercises to improve balance and coordination, and to review their medications and any underlying medical conditions that may contribute to falls.

The best way to avoid fall injuries is by taking appropriate precautions before a fall ever happens. We’ve put together some tips to help you get started.

House Safety Checklist

Before you go to the store to buy new fall prevention things, use this handy checklist to see what you will need.

Home Fall Prevention Checklist

Equipment for the House

Here are some links to commonly used devices to help prevent falls in the home. There are a LOT more, but this will get you started. Mobile Rehab also provides home safety evaluations and product suggestions and well as referrals to certified Aging In Place contractors for house remodeling needs. Call use at 919-636-2423 for more information.

  • Grab Bars

    For bathrooms, showers, entryways click here

  • Night Lights

    For hallways, bathrooms, bedrooms click here

  • Clock

    To reduce confusion and improve sleep patterns click here

  • Four Wheeled Walker

    Has a seat for rest breaks click here

  • Shower Chair

    Showers can be dangerous places click here

For more information on choosing specific home safety devices, visit HomeAbility for many helpful tips.

  • Three Wheeled Walker

    Light and low profile for tight spaces click here

  • Very Fashionable Canes

    For those who "aren't ready to use a regular cane" click here

  • Emergency Alert Call System

    This one has no monthly charges click here

  • Bed Railing

    Simple to install and very helpful click here

  • Non-Slip Shoes

    Use them inside. They are comfy, too. click here

  • Subscription Fall Alert Systems

    Here's reviews of some popular brands click here

Exercise Programs to Reduce the Chance of Another Fall

If you are having concerns about your balance, or have already experienced a fall, it is important to speak with a physical therapist to perform and evaluation and develop a treatment strategy based on your unique situation and needs. One program that physical therapists offer is the OTAGO fall prevention exercise program. It has been shown to reduce falls up to 40% in the frail elderly population.

Learn More About OTAGO

How to Get Up After a Fall

If you're actually on the floor and reading all of this, take a moment now to call for help or 911 if no one is around. Try to take some deep breaths and relax. Try moving your arms and legs to see if anything has been injured. If you're still wondering how to get up from the floor, here's a video that might help.