About 1 in every 4 seniors falls at least once a year, and that’s even more common for people who have Alzheimer’s disease. The main thing to watch for is any sign that your loved one’s condition is worse after a fall.
If they’re knocked out (unconscious), stay calm. Most people wake up in less than a minute. Don’t try to move them until you know it’s safe. Call 911 so they can be checked by a professional.
You also should get medical help right away if they:
- Can't stay awake
- Can't move a part of their body
- Have new weakness anywhere in their body
- Can't stand or walk normally (and could before)
- Have a seizure before, during, or after the fall
- Have bleeding you can't stop
- Look like they might have broken a bone
- Are suddenly short of breath
- Have a serious headache
- Vomit more than once in the 24 hours after the fall
- Have neck pain
- Have pain in their belly or chest
- Have a fever
If you’re worried about a serious injury, such as a broken bone or a head or neck injury, don't move them.