By reading the following simple advice you can be better prepared to reduce the risk of lying on the ground for long periods
Have a plan. Be prepared
If at any time during the following you should feel pain or dizzy then stay down on the floor and call for help.
Always press your community alarm button even if you think you can get up unaided.
Step 1: Stay calm and rest
Step 2: Roll over onto your side and push up onto your hands and knees
Step 3: Ease onto your elbows. Rest a while in this position
Step 4: Push up onto your hands and knees and if able crawl towards stable furniture e.g. armchair, table etc
Step 5: Place your arms on the furniture
Step 6: Place foot forward and flat on the floor
Step 7: Push up on your hands and legs and swing round to sit in the chair
Step 8: Sit down and rest before trying to move again
Do not attempt this if you have had a hip or knee replacement less than six weeks ago – call for assistance to help you off the floor.
Always tell your GP about your fall. There may be an underlying cause which can be rectified to prevent further falls.
If you can't get up
It is important that you attract attention and stay warm while you are waiting for help. If you have one, always press your community alarm button, no matter what time of the day – it is important that you do not lie on the floor for long periods of time.
Step 1: Stay calm
Step 2: Attract attention – bang on the floor, shout for help – ALWAYS press your community alarm button
Step 3: Keep yourself warm whilst you wait for help. Cover yourself with towels, rugs, blankets and try to get comfortable
Step 4: Try to keep your limbs moving. Change position if you can. Move your feet and ankles to help your circulation. Move away from a damp patch if your bladder ‘lets go’.