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Self-Advocate Resource - What to Do If I Fall?

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If you should fall –

  • Lie still for a minute.
  • Stay calm.
  • Check for injuries.
  • If there is someone close, ask them to help.

If you are unhurt and think you can get up -

  • Go slowly. Roll to your side, then push up on your elbows.
  • Use your arms to push yourself on your hands and knees.
  • Crawl to a sturdy chair or bed and hold on to it for support.
  • Put the foot of your stronger leg flat on the floor.
  • Lean forwards and push up using your arms and front leg until you are standing.
  • Sit for awhile until you feel rested.

If you know you can’t get up or feel severe pain if you move -

  • Call 911.
  • If you have a personal alarm, call for help.
  • If you can’t get to a phone call, YELL, make noise, bang on the floor or wall. Do whatever you can to get help.


  • Get a mobile phone and keep it with you.
  • Put phone numbers of neighbors or friends nearby, who can help you, on your phone.
  • You may want to get a personal alarm and wear it.
  • Practice the above steps for getting up with someone else.
Last updated on Mon, 11/21/2016 - 16:22