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.
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.
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.