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The F-word – falling and what to do when it happens

Having a fall can knock anyone’s confidence but as we get older falling can impact on our quality of life and independence. If you are caring for an elderly parent or relative who is unsteady on their feet and prone to falls, the following points may help.

Falling – What do to do 

  1. Try to stay calm – that includes you too!
  2. Install a panic button or CareLink Plus personal alarm pendant or bracelet.  When you’re not there at the time of the fall, the person can use this to call for help.  If you don’t have the CareLink Plus system, more information can be found at your local council website for example: https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/content/social-care/support-live-home/telecare-carelink-plus-personal-alarms
  3. If they don’t have a falls detector, panic button or CareLink Plus device, ensure there is a phone in as many rooms as possible – mobile or extensions – so they can be reached to call for help.  Think about pre-setting speed dial buttons on their phone, likewise with any mobile phones
  4. In case you are not around at the time of a fall, make sure neighbours have a key for emergencies and safe-keeping and make sure you both have each other’s contact numbers.
  5. Get a key safe installed
  6. If you are present at the time of a fall, call for the emergency services and, without moving the person, carefully check to see if they are injured in any way
  7. Make sure the fallen person stays warm. Cover them with a coat, cardigan, towel or throw
  8. Keep the person still and wait for help to arrive.

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Don’t panic!

As a carer, remember: STOP

S = STOP

T = TIME – Take time to think

O = OBSERVE – Observe the situation

P = PROTECT – Protect the fallen person and do not put them in any further danger

You may also be interested to read our tips to prevent falls in the home

Falls Prevention Awareness Week

September 22-28 2018  is Falls Prevention Awareness Week, designed to raise awareness of the problem of falls in older people and how to reduce the risks.

 

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