Falls prevention advice

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If you do fall

We hope that you won't ever have a fall, but just in case it is good to have a plan of action if you do.

Rest and wait plan

If you have a fall and you can't get up without help or you are hurt:

  • call for help.  Use your alarm if you have one, or shout and bang on the wall to get a neighbour's attention.  If you can, use a mobile or crawl to a telephone and dial 999.
  • move to a soft surface.  If you land on a hard surface like a bathroom floor, try to move on to a carpet.  This will help to keep you warm.
  • keep warm.  Try to reach for anything nearby which will keep you warm.  This could be a duvet or clothing.  If you are in a draught try to move out of the way of it.
  • keep moving.  Try to rock from side to side, but keep the injured part of you still.  If you lie still for too long you will become stiff and cold.

Up and about plan

If you have had a fall and feel you can get up, first of all check that no part of you is injured.  Everyone is different so there is no set way to get up after a fall, but remember to be careful and take your time.  You can use a piece of sturdy furniture to support you when you get up.

More information

For more information to help you take positive steps to avoid trips and falls visit NHS inform or phone NHS Inform on 0800 22 44 88 (textphone 18001 0800 22 44 88).

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