How to help an elderly parent after a fall

After falling, your elderly parent may have sustained broken bones or other serious injuries. These injuries may make it hard for him or her to complete normal daily activities, like getting dressed, eating, driving, etc.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of every four elderly people in the U.S. falls every year. Knowing how to support your parent after a fall can enhance the recovery process and protect his or her interests.

Discuss the fall with a physician

Many elderly people do not tell their doctor or a family member after falling. Although some slip and fall accidents are more harmful than others, always tell a doctor if your parent falls. The physician may be able to identify the exact cause of the fall and prevent adverse long-term effects from any injuries.

Address the psychological effects

After receiving proper medical care for a fall, ask your parent how he or she feels about the situation. Falling can make elderly adults fearful, embarrassed or angry. These psychological effects may vary, but make sure you find ways to support your parent on an emotional level after a slip and fall accident.

Gather documentation

If your parent’s fall occurred due to the negligence of another person or entity, you need to gather documentation to support his or her case. Obtain medical records for any related care your parent received after the fall, copies of correspondence between any insurance providers and statements from anyone who spoke to your parent about the fall.