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KEEPING YOUR INDEPENDENCE

What should I do if I fall?

Preventing falls is important to staying independent. However, if you fall or witness a fall, you should know the best and safest way to get up without risking further injury.

Remember that reacting properly to a fall can help you to regain your confidence more quickly by limiting potential physical and psychological consequences.

Catching Your Breath

Although you may feel shocked, remaining calm after a fall will help you to assess the situation. This is why the first thing you should do is to take a few moments to catch your breath. What you do next will depend on if you are hurt and whether you are able to get up without help.

Note: If you feel any discomfort or are unable to get up after a fall, it is important to try to get help right away either by using your emergency call device or by dialing 911 for ambulance services.

 

For more information, please consult the If you fall or witness a fall, do you know what to do? guidebook.  

Consulting Your Primary Care Provider

In addition to getting a fall risk screen at least annually to help identify and address their risk of falling, older adults should also consult their primary care provider after a fall even if it appears no harm was done.

 

Do not underestimate the seriousness of a fall since certain symptoms may appear days later. By consulting your primary care provider at your earliest convenience, they can better assess the situation and see if the fall is linked to your use of medications, an illness, or another fall risk factor.

If you do not currently have a provider, you are encouraged to register with Patient Connect NB. Once registered, you will be assigned to a provider on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, please click on the following link.

Resources

 

  • If You Fall or Witness a Fall, Do You Know What to Do?

    • Developed by the Public Health Agency of Canada

  • Patient Connect NB - Online Registration

    • Developed by Service New Brunswick​ and NB Dept. of Health

MEDICAL DISCLAIMER

The information contained on this website is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your primary care provider or a qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding any medical condition, or before beginning any exercise program.

Toll-Free Seniors Information Line 

 

The toll-free Seniors Information Line provides a traditional method of speaking with a bilingual, customer-service oriented telephone agent. For basic information about provincial programs and services for older adults, their family and caregivers please contact:

1-855-550-0552

Tele-Care 

 

If you or someone you know requires non-urgent health advice or information, call Tele-Care. A registered nurse will assess your needs and provide information, education and/or advice as required. For access to this confidential and bilingual toll-free telephone service, 24 hours a day, seven days a week please dial:

8-1-1

For medical emergencies, call  911  immediately or visit your local emergency department.

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