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Team CareLinx really likes this practical video on how to get up from a fall “MacGyver Style.”  It is ideal for showing to family and friends. It gets you and your older adults thinking and looking around the room for ways to help you get up from a tumble! 

Seniors need to know how to rescue themselves from falls
Knowing how to get up from a fall is a critical life skill for your older adult. If they’re not injured, having the ability and confidence to help themselves will save them the trauma and embarrassment of lying on the floor and waiting for help. If they’re injured and alone, knowing how to call for help will prevent the additional pain and discomfort of waiting for hours or days for someone to find them.

10 fall recovery techniques that really work
In this video, Rhonda Bonecutter, an occupational therapist, shows 10 different ways to safely get up off the floor after a fall. Knowing how to use common household objects to help get up makes a huge difference! She demonstrates 8 different ways to get up in a non-injury situation and 2 options for injury situations.

Why is self-rescue important?
As mentioned in this video, the longer time a senior spends on the floor after a fall, the higher the risk of severe health consequences and loss of ability to remain independent. Those are motivational reasons to learn to rescue themselves from falls!

Who or what is MacGyver?
Some of you may remember action hero Angus MacGyver, from the ‘80s TV show MacGyver. He would go on missions and usually end up stuck in dangerous, seemingly unsolvable situations. But at the last minute, he would creatively use everyday objects around him to get out of the situation and save the day.

Seniors can be their own heros
Being able to save themselves from minor falls can give seniors and family greater peace of mind. Knowing these skills can help them avoid the unpleasant consequences of being trapped on the floor, waiting for help.

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By Connie Chow, Contributing Writer and Founder of DailyCaring
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Photo of Connie Chow, founder of DailyCaring

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