As we age, our balance decreases, our muscles become weaker, therefore we become more likely to fall. The winter brings with it the additional challenge of icy and cold conditions. This is the time of the year where it is most likely for older people to slip and fall. Older people are more vulnerable and they are more likely to fall. This is even more so if they suffer from a health condition. It is a good thing that most falls do not lead to a serious injury. However, when your loved one is older, their bones are prone to breaking or fracture. Falling can also hurt one’s confidence and make them feel like they are losing their independence. If you have a loved one who is getting older, you have to know what to do if they ever fall. Read on to learn more about what ot do when your elderly loved one falls.
How Can You Help When An Elderly Person Falls?
If you witness a fall, try to make sure that they visit the GP, clinic or A&E for a check over. Older people tend to hide an injury because they are scared of losing their independence. They might also feel embarrased by the event. It is important for you to assure them that even if they need some help around the home, their independence and dignity still remains intact.
Do Not Try To Get Them Up Immediately
If your loved one falls, check for injuries first before getting them up. Try to calm the person down by asking them to take in some deep breaths. You can try to get them to do circular breathing, which is done by breathing in through the nose and out through the mouth. While they do this, check them for any swelling, skin discoloration or signs of serious injury.
How To Get Them Up After A Fall
If they are in great pain or have problems moving, call for an ambulance. You can offer to help them get off the floor only if there are no signs of injury. It is important that you only help them to get themselves up. This has to be done carefully and gradually with them in control. They may be more hurt than they realise and therefore are unable to get up. If the fall happens when there is a health professional nearby, it is best to ask for assistance. The main thing is to let your loved one get up in their own time without being rushed.
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