What should you do when an elderly person falls?

an elderly gentleman who has fallen in the street. If you were first to this gentleman what would you do ?

What should you do when an elderly person falls?

To start with don’t panic.

If they say they have no pain, allow them to regain themselves for a few minutes before allowing them to move.

I personally would not advise trying to lift an elderly person who has fallen. In many cases they are less able to get up and you may injure them or yourself.

Even if there is no sign of serious injury paramedics are better placed to assess an elderly person and it saves time if it transpires they do need to go to hospital.

Make the elderly person comfortable by placing a coat or jumper under their head and if there is an injury that is bleeding heavily it is advisable to stem.

The most important thing to do really is to reassure the elderly person that help is on the way and not to worry. Try to ascertain whether they are alone and if not located their partner/friend.

 

Caron

Award-winning blogger and care columnist for Devon Life magazine, Caron also campaigns for recognition of the needs elderly people and their carers. Designer and creator of the award-winning Dementia Assistance Cards which are free to all, and helping thousands of people globally Caron is passionate and committed to making a difference

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