What to Do If You Fall

If you fall at home, remember

  • Step 1. Stay quiet for a moment — don’t panic.
  • Step 2. Decide whether or not to try to get up.

If you decide to try to get up

  • Step 1. Use strong, stable furniture for support as you try to get up.
  • Step 2. Take some time to recover from your fall after you get up.
  • Step 3. Tell someone that you had a fall.
  • Step 4. Get medical advice if necessary.

If you cannot get up, or if you decide not to try

  • Step 1. Slide or crawl to get help if you can. You might be able to reach one of the following:
    • Telephone
    • Personal alarm device
    • Door to the outside
    • Something to make a loud noise
  • Step 2. Tell someone you have fallen and need help.
  • Step 3. After calling for help, lie quietly until help arrives. Keep as warm and comfortable as you can.
  • Step 4. Get medical advice if necessary.

If you have questions

If you have any questions about this information, please talk with your nurse, therapist, or doctor.

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