Falls and Older Adults

Frequently Asked Questions

30. What should I do if I fall?

A sudden fall can be startling and frightening. If you fall, try to stay calm. Take a few deep breaths to help you relax.

Stay still on the floor or ground for a few moments to help you get over the shock of falling. It will also give you time to decide if you're hurt before getting up. Getting up too quickly or in the wrong way could make an injury worse.

If you think you can get up safely without help, you should follow these steps.

  • Roll over onto your side.
  • Rest while your body and blood pressure adjust.
  • Slowly get up on your hands and knees, and crawl to a sturdy chair.
  • Put your hands on the chair seat and slide one foot forward so that it is flat on the floor. Keep the other leg bent so the knee is on the floor.
  • From this kneeling position, slowly rise and turn your body to sit in the chair.

If you're hurt or can't get up, ask someone for help or call 911. If you're alone, try to get into a comfortable position and wait for help to arrive.