Prevent Falls; Help Someone Up after Falling.
Video Fall Advice
Falls are a big problem for the elderly. I wanted to find some solid actionable advice about preventing falls, and recovering from them. I searched the web for good quality, actionable videos on "Falls".
I found three interesting videos. They explain: how to help someone else get up after a fall; how to make your bathroom safer; and how to avoid falls at home.
Falling: How to avoid it?
In our Meet-Ups there is almost always a group that wants to have a discussion circle around falls. We all seem to know someone who has suffered a serious fall; sometimes that person is one of us!
As interested parties, we have lots of ideas on what causes older adults to fall. We typically cite a declining sense of balance, declining eyesight (particularly in the dark), and a lack of grab bars when one starts to fall. It's easy to point to common trip hazards: poor lighting, power cords, slippery floors. These discussions are good, but I'd like a more comprehensive review of the field.
I wish we had a reference manual of sorts for this area. Perhaps a big checklist of items that I could use to review my parent's home and make sure it is safe from trip hazards; maybe there are things I haven't even thought of looking for.
I like the video on getting up from falls that I found on this site. That is good, solid, actionable information. Why not have something similar for preventing falls?
Videos on Falling from the Internet
Taking the initiative I searched the web and found a number of interesting videos. Most are just five or ten minutes long, but offer a wealth of information. Some of them are very well done professional videos. Some have more amateur production values, but the information is still good. And a few are done by young nursing students who are trying to help; I applaud their effort.
I'm adding some of the videos below.
1. Help someone get up after falling.
I hope whoever helps me up has watched this.
2. Make your bathroom safer.
Good tips to review your own situation.
3. Avoid falls at home.
A student nursing production.
Please add comments to this article to let me know how useful this is to you. If you propose another topic I will try to find some videos for that as well.
Wishing you all a safe future, Jim.