Follow these steps to decrease the chance of further injury after a fall.
Do not panic.
After a fall, panic is often the first reaction. It is essential to stay calm and remain still so you can think clearly and take the appropriate steps to get help if needed.
Check for injuries.
Do not get up if you think you may have a broken bone or another injury. Yell for help or crawl to the telephone and call for help.
Get up if you can.
If you can get up, do so slowly. Here is how to get up safely:
Step 1. Roll over onto your side. Rest to allow blood pressure to adjust.
Step 2. Crawl to a stable chair.
Step 3. Put hands on the seat of the chair. Pull yourself up.
Step 4. Bring one leg forward, bending the knee with your foot flat on the floor. The other leg will be bent, knee on the floor.
Step 5. Slowly turn and sit in the chair.
Make a list of phone numbers of people you can call in an emergency. Keep the list by the phone. If you need help immediately, call 911.
Recommended resources: https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/prevent-falls-and-fractures