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Skip to 0 minutes and 9 seconds During this video, we will see how community teams are able to help people get up after a fall. Here we see Joan on the floor who has fallen and is unable to stand up.

Skip to 0 minutes and 23 seconds Once a member of the team has made sure it is safe, they can assist Joan back up onto her feet. If they’re unable to do this by helping Joan do it herself, they may use an inflatable device such as this one, which is called an elk. Before using the device, the carer would think out carefully exactly how they will position and use it. When the device is ready and a chair has been placed nearby, Joan is asked to shuffle back onto the deflated cushion.

Skip to 0 minutes and 57 seconds The community team may be able to position the device by rolling Joan if she were unable to shuffle back.

Skip to 1 minute and 9 seconds As the cushion slowly inflates, Joan can use the chair for support. When the device is inflated to the correct height, Joan is asked to steady her feet on the floor. The healthcare worker and Joan can then decide what to do next, whether it is helping Joan into the nearby chair, carrying on as normal, or calling for any extra assistance.

Helping people get up: specialised aids

If we had fallen and were unable to stand up, we could call for assistance (for example, with a pendant alarm).

A community response team could be directed to our home in order to help. The team may be able to access the house via a key-safe at a door, or a security code lock rather than a key lock, or the operator at the end of the intercom may be able to contact a key-holder, such as a member of the family or neighbour.

Once the response team have gained access to the house, and once they have made sure it is safe to stand up, they will have several different methods of helping us back up onto our feet. The best way would be to assist and help us to do it by ourselves with a little support. However, there are other ways, such as the modern inflatable device shown in this video.

  • What do you think might be the advantages and disadvantages of the type of device shown in the video?

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