Many people are unaware of how to treat elderly fall victims. In reality, a fall for an elderly person could have more serious consequences than it might for someone far younger. Injuries such as hip fractures can be more common, and as such it is usually better to call for medical attention than to assume everything is okay.
While you wait for help, try not to move the elderly person. You could end up making things worse. If they are conscious, ask a few questions to try and determine what happened and whether the elderly person is aware of their surroundings, or whether they are confused.
Why is it important to know how to treat elderly fall victims?
Knowing what to do in a situation like this could make all the difference to how that person recovers. Elderly people are more fragile than younger people, who can pick themselves up after a fall, often without any ill effects. The same cannot always be said of elderly people.
The over 65s are most likely to suffer a serious injury when suffering a fall, and it is not uncommon to land in hospital in such instances. The question of how someone fell will be important to answer too. Did they trip on an uneven paving stone or a pothole? Did they fall down a set of stairs in a public place where the stair carpet was loose or otherwise dangerous in some way? If someone you love has experienced a fall like this, it can be worth finding out whether negligence was the ultimate cause there.
Has a loved one suffered a fall that could have been someone else’s fault?
Even if you know how to treat elderly fall victims, it does not prevent accidents of this kind happening in the first place. Other methods can be used to prevent such accidents, including completing risk assessments in areas that are used by elderly people, such as care homes and day centres, for example. Identifying potential risks means those risks can be reduced so they do not cause any dangers.
Accident Advice Helpline has handled a variety of cases where elderly people have suffered falls as a result of negligence. From trips on the pavement to other situations, you could receive help now by calling 0800 689 0500 if you suspect negligence was to blame in your situation.
Date Published: June 19, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead