What to do if you fall
There is a great deal of information about ‘fall prevention’ and risk minimisation strategies e.g. remove throw rugs, increase lighting, install grab bars and rails, but there’s very little out there on the topic of ‘fall recovery’.
People seeking solutions for how to get up after a fall are usually taught a ‘basic fall recovery technique’ or informed that there are a few equipment options available for purchase. Unfortunately many people can’t perform the basic fall recovery technique and most people feel the equipment designed for fall recovery is too expensive – and the truth is that even if they did own it, it is unlikely it would be sitting immediately beside where the fall occurs.
From Occupational Therapist Rhonda Bonecutter, “I had a small epiphany while sitting in my living room a few weeks ago and realized there are actually many things that people can do to successfully get up from the floor. I made a short video showing these ideas. In under 10 minutes it shows 10 different fall recovery techniques. Now, obviously each person watching it will have different strengths and weaknesses so all of the techniques won’t work for everyone, but the most important thing people will come away with is how to creatively ‘think outside the box’ to better ensure they will find a way to get up (or get help) in minutes.”
Here is Rhonda’s article and video: