Do you know what to do if you see someone elderly fall over? Sadly, falls are incredibly common amongst older people because they are more vulnerable and frail. The chances of falls occurring grow if the person has a medical condition. In fact, it’s estimated that one in three adults aged 65 and over still living at home have a minimum of one fall a year, with around half of them falling more than once. Whilst most falls don’t lead to serious injuries, there is a strong chance of bones breaking or fracturing. Falls can also result in reduced confidence and greater dependence on other people.
Seeing someone elderly fall over – The immediate aftermath
If you do see someone elderly fall over, or if you get to them after the fall has taken place, you will need to seek medical help. You can either take them to their GP, a walk-in clinic or an Accident and Emergency department. You shouldn’t try to make the person rise immediately – make sure you check for injuries and instruct them to take deep breaths. Ask them to breathe in through their nose and exhale via their mouth. This is known as circular breathing. See if there is any discolouration of the skin, swelling or other injuries. They may benefit from placing their head on a cushion or similar item whilst you are assessing them.
Don’t try to get the person up unless you are sure they don’t have any injuries. If their pain levels aren’t lowering and they can’t move easily, call an ambulance. Don’t let them get up on their own – it’s vital that you provide your assistance in helping them rise. You shouldn’t rush them into getting up, and you should get hold of a nurse or care worker if there is one on the scene. If safe, move the patient onto a chair, removing them from the floor.
Contacting Accident Advice Helpline
Have you seen someone elderly fall over? At Accident Advice Helpline, we can assist you if you or someone you know has had a fall and you suspect it was someone else’s fault. We have a great deal of experience when it comes to helping people get compensation for falls that could have been avoided. You can reach us today by calling 0800 689 0500 if you’re using a landline or 0333 500 0993 if you’re on your mobile. You can also use our 30-second online test.
Date Published: April 20, 2017
Author: Accident Advice