Even when you do everything you can to reduce hazards in your dad’s house, he may still fall. Do you know what to do if he does fall?
Here are the steps to take if you find your father on the floor after a fall.
#1 – Assess
Make sure your dad remains on the floor while you assess the situation. Can you figure out why he fell? Did he have a dizzy spell? Did something trip him? Look him over for injuries. Is he bleeding? Does a leg or arm appear to be twisted or possibly broken? If he’s injured, do not let him move. Get a blanket and grab the phone. Keep him calm until help arrives.
#2 – Call
Call emergency responders and have them come out. Your dad may be fine, but it’s always better to err on the side of the caution. You can have the EMTs check his blood pressure and look for medical issues. If he needs to go to the hospital, they can transport him. If he’s okay, they’ll leave you with instructions on what to watch for.
#3 – Help
If your dad is okay, help him get up. Don’t strain your back trying to lift him. Have him get into a kneeling position first and then he can use you for support as he slowly stands up. Once he is up, have a chair handy. Have him sit for a while and see how he feels. He may need to take it easy for the rest of the day.
#4 – Monitor
If you called 911 and responders came to your dad’s home, you will have a list of things to look for. If your dad seemed okay and 911 wasn’t called, you should still monitor him. As the shock of the fall wears off, he may notice he does have some pain. If it’s concerning or you notice any swelling, bring him to urgent care or the hospital. If he feels dizzy or has a headache, you should also get him to a doctor, especially if he hit his head and could have a concussion.
After a fall, you should consider the necessity of having a home health care services available throughout the week. Your dad may need more help around the house that he’s willing to admit. A home health care services agency can send a caregiver each day, a few times a week, or once a week to help your dad with tasks that may increase his risk of falling, such as dusting the ceiling. Call a home health care agency today to learn more.