A simple fall normally does not cause a severe injury. However, if the patient is not able to get back up after the fall it is possible that he or she will suffer from hypothermia or pressure sores. Therefore it is highly important, especially for older people, to learn how to cope with a fall. When a fall results in broken bones it is likely that the person loses its confidence due to the loss of mobility and independence. Here we provide a step by step guide on how to deal with a fall and when to get help from our home doctor support after a fall in Costa del Sol.
Stay calm and lie still for a few moments. Then check if you are injured by systematically and cautiously inspecting every part of your body for pain or bleeding. Move your limbs carefully, only one at a time.
After you made sure that you are not injured, slowly and carefully roll onto your hands and knees. To protect your knees, find something soft and comfortable to kneel down on. Then reach out for a piece of furniture, which is solid and stable, like a chair or bed. Use the furniture to help you get up, by holding on to it with both hands. Then bend one leg and firmly place your foot on the ground. Slowly force yourself up using the furniture as a support. Take your time. Keep your position with your head forward and still supported by the furniture until you are certain you have found propper balance. Then slowly push yourself up to a standing position. Still hold on to the furniture and take your time to rest. When you are ready to walk, call someone and explain what has happened.
At first, try calling for help or pounding on the wall or floor to get someone’s attention. If possible use your aid call button when you have one. If you can not summon assistance and you feel able to, try to reach out for a telephone. With the number +34 952 811 818 you will reach our home doctor support after a fall in Costa del Sol. For emergency cases like this make sure that your mobile phone or similar is always fully charged and easy to reach.
While waiting for help, keep yourself warm by covering yourself with a blanket or dressing gown. Make sure your feet and legs stay warm and try to get the fabric between your body and the ground. But only move as much as necessary and try to stay calm and awake.
Having a fall may be an indication of a treatable underlying health problem. For a check-up call our home doctor support after a fall in Costa del Sol. Our medical experts will investigate the circumstances of your fall and suggest further steps to avoid another one. To find out more about the special muscle strengthening exercise classes and physiotherapy or if you need more support and information contact our home doctor support after a fall in Costa del Sol.