What Should You Do if Your Senior Faints?
Fainting can happen for so many different reasons. Your senior might be having blood pressure issues or even blood sugar issues. In the moment, though, it’s a really frightening situation.
Try to Help Her Slow Her Fall, if You Can
If you’re there with your senior as she starts to faint, do what you can to help ease her fall. Be sure to protect her head and try to get her seated rather than lying down. If there’s no chair nearby, help her to ease to the floor as gently as you can.
See if She’s Conscious
Sometimes when people faint, they’re still conscious. This is an important distinction because if she’s not conscious, that’s a bigger concern. Try to get your aging family member to focus on you, even if she can’t speak just yet.
Losing Consciousness Means a Call to 911
Losing consciousness can be extremely serious for your senior, especially if she’s never been one to faint before. If you’re not sure whether your senior is conscious or not, but she’s not responding to you, it’s still a good idea to contact 911. The paramedics can assess how she’s doing when they get there and that can be enough to ease your mind.
Keep an Eye on Her Breathing
Sometimes people faint and they stop breathing, even just for a few seconds. If your elderly family member doesn’t seem to be breathing, you need to perform CPR. This is also another reason to call 911. If you don’t already know how to perform CPR, the 911 operator can walk you through ensuring your senior is still getting air into her lungs.
Try to Keep an Eye on the Time, Too
Another bit of information that can help quite a bit is when your senior fainted and approximately how long it took for her to come back around. If paramedics are on the way, this information can help them to treat your senior. It’s also something that your senior’s doctor might ask about when you mention this episode later.
Avoid Letting Her Get up Too Quickly
If your elderly family member does recover on her own, avoid letting her jump up right away. Keep her seated for a little while to ensure that she really has recovered. If she does try to get up too quickly, she must might faint again.
If your senior has a history of fainting or is fainting more often, she may not feel comfortable alone. Hiring elderly care providers is a good way to ensure that even if you’re not there with her, someone who understands what to do is there with her.
Excerpt: Fainting is scary stuff and it might be a sign that your senior is having bigger issues.
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