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What to Do if You Fall

For the past month, we have chosen to focus our weekly news updates on the topic of falling. Suffering from a fall can be life threatening, so it is not a topic that one should take lightly. Here at South Coast Post Acute, we understand the value of taking preventative measures to ensure the safety of our residents, but we also want to educate our community on what to do in case of emergency situations. If you or a loved one have fallen recently, here is what you should do.

Remain Calm
The first thing to do after a fall is to remain calm, do not panic. Assess your body for any pain points or injuries. Take a moment to collect your thoughts and start to determine your plan of action.

Find Support
If you’re not hurt and you feel strong enough to get up, don’t get up quickly. If you can, roll over on to your hands and knees and locate a stable piece of furniture. Carefully grab the furniture using both hands and, when you feel ready, slowly get up.

Get Help
If you are too hurt to move, try to get someone’s attention by calling out for help, banging on the wall or floor, or using an aid call button. If you are able to crawl to a phone, do so and dial 911 for emergency medical assistance.

Seek Medical Attention
No matter if you feel injured or not, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible after a fall. There is a wide range of fall related injuries that can occur, and some do not show symptoms right away.

South Coast Post Acute understands how scary falling can be for an individual. The most important thing to remember is to take proper steps to ensure your health and safety. Our post acute care community is here to answer any questions you may have. Please feel free to contact us at any time.

Real People. Remarkable Care. South Coast Post Acute.

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