Falls ‘First Aid’
It is not possible to predict if you will fall, how you might and where you might land when you fall. It is important to let someone know such as a family member, friend or your GP know if you have had a fall. Falls do not always result in serious injuries, but it is important to treat all injuries including cuts and scrapes. You may need to visit your doctor after a fall.
To help minimise injury, it is important to think ahead and make a plan of what you will do if you have a fall.
A great way to reduce the risk of an injury is to create an action plan. You can access the Stay On Your Feet® My fall action plan – What should I do if I fall at home? page by clicking here.
It is a good idea to speak to your physiotherapist and practice getting up off the floor with them in a safe and supported environment. You can access the Stay On Your Feet®‘s How Do I Get Up Off The Floor page to view the Forward Method and Backward Method posters by clicking here. It is important that you do not try to practice getting up off the floor without speaking to your GP or physiotherapist first.
Signs and Symptoms
Falls can often leave you with bumps and bruises. Sometimes injuries that occur from a fall might not show until a few days or even weeks after your fall.
Some symptoms that you may experience are:
- Headaches – Watch out for headaches where the pain increases over time, and headaches which are not relieved by simple pain medicine.
- Blurred vision – You might notice you have trouble focusing your eyes or you experience double vision.
- Drowsiness – You may faint or feel drowsy or more tired than normal.
- Nausea and/or vomiting – You may feel sick, and this may or may not be accompanied by vomiting.
- Dizziness/weakness – Watch out for dizziness, loss of balance, weakness and tiredness in your limbs, and having difficulty walking steadily.
- Confusion – You may have trouble speaking and understanding what people are saying, understanding what is going on in your surroundings, or recognising people or places. You may start to get muddled up, or other people may notice that you are behaving unusually.
- Seizures – Seizures are rare, however if you experience a seizure seek medical help immediately.
- Other symptoms – Watch for any continual fluid or bleeding from your nose or ears and seek medical help immediately if this happens.