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Preventing Falls: How to Prepare and What to DoPrevenci³n de ca­das: C³mo prepararse y qu© hacer

Preventing Falls: How to Prepare and What to Do

Falling is not something you want to think about. But it can make a big difference to plan ahead. If you're prepared, you'll know how to get help. And you'll be less likely to panic if you fall. This means you'll be able to do what's needed to get help right away.

How to Prepare

  • Have someone check on you daily.

  • Keep a list of emergency numbers near the phone.

  • Always have a way to call for help. Keep a cell phone with you at all times. Or talk with your healthcare provider about how to set up a home monitoring service. This involves wearing a chain around your neck at all times with a small device attached. If you fall, you can press the button on the device. This alerts emergency responders.

  • Make changes in your living space to reduce your risk of falls. It doesn't have to cost a lot of money. Here is a list of supplies you may need. At these stores, you can also find professionals who can help with installations.

Hardware Store

  • Grab bars

  • Handrails

  • Nightlights and light fixtures

  • Cart with wheels

Flooring Supply Store

  • Nonskid carpet pads

  • Double-sided carpet tape or carpet tacks

Medical Supply Store

  • Raised toilet seat

  • Bath seat or shower chair

  • Bedside commode

What to Do If You Fall

Above all, try to stay calm.

  • If you start to fall, try to relax your body. This will reduce the impact of the fall.

  • After you fall, press your monitor button, or phone for help.

  • Don't rush to get up. First, make sure you're not hurt.

  • Be sure to get checked by your healthcare provider for any injuries.

A Note to Family and Friends

If you're with a loved one when he or she starts to fall, don't try to stop the fall. Ease the person to the floor carefully, so neither of you gets hurt. Don't leave the person alone. And don't try to move him or her. Put a pillow under his or her head. Check for injuries. If help is needed right away, be sure to call 911.

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Dr West took such wonderful care of my husband Dick and that care extended his life by years. I continue to be fortunate to have him helping me to stay healthy. I wish there was a way for everyone to experience that quality of medicine.

By the way in the last two days this office is the only place that took my temperature before they would let me in. Shell Point and another doctors' office just ask you the questions as to where you have been lately.

Keep up the good work! PH

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