According to the CDC, about 36 million falls are reported among older adults each year.
The elderly population is far more vulnerable to falling due to weakened muscles, decreased balance, and less overall mobility. If they do fall, they are more prone to injuries and broken bones, as well.
It's essential for older adults and their loved ones to understand how to help someone if they've taken a fall. Here are some helpful tips and things to watch out for:
Check for injuries. Calm them down and check for signs of bruising, swelling, bleeding, or other injuries before thinking about moving them.
Determine next steps. If they are not injured you may help them get back up on their own, but it's best to call for an ambulance if you are unsure to avoid further injury.
Make sure they are evaluated. Even if the fall seems minor, make sure they get checked by a medical professional.
Follow up. Ensure they follow up with their doctor as injuries can show up later. Also, follow up with the person who fell as they may need someone to talk/vent to.
Prevent Future Incidents. Assess their living space for fall risks and see if they might need a walking mobility aid to help them avoid falling in the future.