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What to Do After an Elderly Fall Happens

Whether you are focusing on preventing or avoiding falls, what to do if you have fallen, or what to do after a fall, it is important that you have a plan and talk to your doctor about your plan.

Be proactive

If you want to prevent dangerous elderly falls, the best thing you can do is be proactive. There are many reasons that getting the proper medical attention is necessary after a fall.

The following are the main reasons to be proactive and visit a doctor after a loved one falls:

  • If you or a loved one have already experienced a fall, you are more likely to experience another fall in the future. Even if you were proactive before the fall, you should work to identify new or additional risk factors.
  • Discuss anything that may have been overlooked previously by you or your doctor. Although doctors have good intentions, they are busy and you should be prepared to ask questions and make sure they are thorough.
  • A recent fall can potentially be a sign of a new medical problem or an issue with the medications you may be taking. Talk to your doctor about these options and what can be done to be sure.

When you visit your doctor after a fall, it is important that they find and address any injuries. However, that is not all that needs to be addressed. Ask your doctor what can be done to prevent the possibility of any future falls whether it is adjusting your home or running tests to be sure there are no health issues.

Things for doctors to check

As previously mentioned, if your doctor does not volunteer to test for any potential underlying illnesses that could have caused the fall, ask your doctor about it. Some of the signs to tell your doctors that could mean you are dealing with health complications are the following symptoms: weakness, nausea, blurred vision, body aches, delirium, and more.

Some of the most common health issues that could result in elderly falls include the following:

  • Anemia
  • Dehydration
  • Heart complications
  • Pneumonia
  • Stroke
  • Urinary tract infection (UTI)

If you have a personal or family history of high blood pressure, it is important that you ask your doctor for a blood pressure and pulse reading while sitting and standing. Complications like this can cause falls and are commonly associated with fainting or light-headedness.

In addition to blood pressure readings, you should ask your doctor about running blood tests. Typically it is enough to have your doctor run a complete blood cell count (CBC), check your electrolytes, and your kidney function level. If there are any abnormalities, make sure to ask your doctor for a breakdown of what they mean.

Diabetes can cause a variety of other health complications that can lead to a higher risk of falling. If you or family members have diabetes it is essential to talk to your doctor about what you should be doing to manage your health. When visiting the doctor’s office, bring any medication, glucometer, and your log of your blood sugar levels.

As you age, it becomes more common to take multiple medications. If you are having health issues or have suffered from a fall, talk to your doctor about a medication review. The medications you are on may not be best for you due to side effects and interaction with other medication you are on.

You could be suffering from underlying heart or neurological conditions if you have suffered a fall. In addition to having your doctor treat and assess your physical injuries, you can request that your doctor run additional tests to check for any chronic conditions that may have contributed to your fall.

If you are concerned that you may be suffering from any of these health conditions, talk to your doctor about your symptoms and what you are worried it could mean. Make sure that your doctor runs all of the necessary tests to rule out any heart or neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease.

It is crucial that you ask about these tests if you have experienced multiple falls or near-falls.

Whether you have suffered from a fall or not, you should talk to your doctor regularly about any vision, home safety, or podiatry issues that could arise in the near or distant future. 

If you stay on top of these things, you can remain proactive and prevent the possibility of a fall.

Hannah Verret
Hannah Verret is a Content Developer at Med-Alert Pros in Memphis, TN. Hannah has been working in content creation throughout her entire adult career. When Hannah isn't writing or organizing social media posts, she's spending her time reading and loving on her many pets.

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