Feb 25, 2015 - 10:59 AM
Mar 02, 2015 - 08:39 AM
First, you need to make sure that your dad is not injured. Does he have pain? Can he move all extremities?
You don’t want to cause more injury than what has already occurred. If in doubt get some help or call 911.
Once you know that he has no injuries, you can help him get up. If he is not able to assist you, it is best, if possible, to get some help, so you do not injure him or yourself.
Use good body mechanics when lifting someone, even if you have help or if the individual can help you. You are not going to be any good to anyone, including yourself, if you injure your back. Keep your back straight, bend your knees. This will help you use your leg muscles, not back muscles. Keep the person as close to you as possible. Drag him close to the bed or chair that you want to put him in, before trying to lift him.
The best measure is to prevent falls. Aim to maintain a safe environment.
Use good lighting, clear pathways, install handrails and grab bars.