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What Steps Should a Senior Take If They Fall at Home?

Senior Home Safety in Coral Springs FL

The risk of slipping and falling, tripping over something, or stumbling down the stairs can increase as people get older. As their strength begins to diminish, balance can be a problem. In order to improve safety for any senior at home, there are some steps they should take in the event they do fall, whether they suffer injuries or not.

By following some of the following steps, an elderly individual or anyone else who slips and falls at home may avoid extra risk or potential injury or harm.

Senior Home Safety in Coral Springs FL

Senior Home Safety in Coral Springs FL

Step #1: Avoid panic. 

One of the easiest things for people to do when they fall at home is to panic. When a person panics, they usually make mistakes. If you’re talking about an elderly person who has just slipped and fallen, tripped over something, or stumbled down the stairs, that panic can cause them to try and jump up, scream, or do something else that can lead to further injuries.

Step #2: Assess the pain or damage. 

There may or may not be pain. Before doing anything, the senior should determine what type of pain he or she feels. Can they move their toes? Can they roll their ankle? Can they feel their legs? If they feel extreme pain in their lower extremities, it’s best to avoid trying to put any weight under their legs.

If they need to move, inching slowly using their arms and upper body may be a more prudent act. If they don’t need to move and have a medical alert band or necklace, they should activate it immediately.

Step #3: Rely on a medi-alert band. 

Any medical alert bracelet, necklace, or other band should be used by seniors, even those who don’t feel like they have any serious challenges getting around. One never knows what tomorrow can bring. A cramp, forgetting an item in the hall, or anything else can cause a serious fall and injuries.

Having one of these devices can help them call for assistance without struggling to reach a phone.

Step #4: If all else fails, try to get to a phone.

Instead of trying to yell out for help, as few people would probably hear it, the best thing is to try and reach a phone. This could be a cell phone or landline. As noted in Step #2, if they feel they can move, even if it causes some pain or discomfort, they should try to begin working their way to the closest phone a little at a time.

As long as they don’t panic, they should be able to get there in time.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to improve senior home safety in Coral Springs, FL, please contact the caring staff at Alternative Home Health Care today. Call (954) 622-0588.

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Zachary Desmond

Executive Administrator at Alternative Home Health Care, Inc.
Zach Desmond began working with Alternative Home Health Care in September of 2013. In his role as Executive Administrator (EA), Zach is responsible for the overall direction of the organization and high level strategy that aligns with the company’s overall mission, vision, and values.

Zach brings to Alternative 10 years of healthcare operations, sales, finance, and “turn around” experience, having led multiple home health care locations across five states to profitability and sustainability.His history of improving customer service, work flow design, and operational efficiencies along with bottom line profitability has earned him awards and recognition a top performer. Zach realized early on in his career that he felt a true connection to caring for those who need help and ensuring they received the highest quality of care available.

Zach received his Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Zach resides in Fort Lauderdale with his wife, three dogs, one cat and stays very involved in his local community.

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