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Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls

How to Get Up From the Floor by Yourself

  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​Keep calm.
  • Check your body.
  • If you are injured, call for help. Stay warm.
  • If you are not hurt, look for a sturdy piece of furniture, like a chair.

1. Roll onto your side.

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2. Crawl over to a chair or sturdy furniture.

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3. From a kneeling position, put your arms up onto the seat of the chair.

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4. Bring 1 knee forward and put that foot on the floor.

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5. Push up with your arms and legs, pivot your bottom around.

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6. Sit down. Rest before trying to move.

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Let your healthcare provider know after you have a fall.

To learn more about your risk of falling complete the “Is there a chance you might fall?” checklist.

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“Don’t fall for it. Falls can be prevented!" State Government of South Australia. 2004. Copyright Commonwealth of Australia. Reproduced by permission.

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Current as of: June 30, 2019

Author: Fall Risk Management Program