Renee Z. from Ohio was walking to get her mail one overcast Tuesday, when she slipped and fell in front of her garage. She had not realized that her driveway would be icy, but she says she should have guessed because of the cold temperatures. Renee’s niece was there when she fell, but Renee still pressed her BlueStar Ranger 4G Alert button because she had hit her head on the driveway, and the whole left side of her body felt bruised. Plus, her niece was unsure of the best way to help Renee up. EMS came shortly after, and took Renee to the hospital to check out her injuries.
After we heard about her fall, we called to check up on Renee. She is feeling much better, and told us
“Everything about this company is wonderful!”
We can’t tell you enough how much your kind words mean to us. Thank you, and we are glad to be there to get the help you need when you need it.
-The BlueStar Team
If you are like Renee’s niece with being unsure of the best way to help up a fallen senior, these tips may be able to help:
- Prepare your loved one
Encourage them to stay calm and take deep breaths before assisting
- Evaluate injuries
If they have experienced a serious injury, do not attempt to move them. Instead, call 911. If they aren’t seriously injured and want to get up on their own, continue.
- Assist to a kneeling position
Help roll them onto their side, starting with the head to help position them as they knee. Place a rolled towel under their knees for comfort and support.
- Position chairs
Place one chair in front of where your loved one is kneeling, and one chair behind them to sit on.
- Move slowly
Place both hands on the chair in front of them and slide one foot forward so it is flat on the floor. Keep the other leg bent with their knee on the floor.
- Encourage your loved one
Slowly, encourage them to push themselves up on the first chair and then sit back in the second chair. Steady them, but don’t hold their full weight, to prevent your own injury.
We hope our resources help you and your loved ones know what to do in an event of a fall.