"Help, I've fallen and can't get up"
This sounds like the television commercial for the alert devices. I came home to hear William calling me from his room. He was on the floor. He was trying to get his cell phone. He didn't realize that it was right next to him. The caregiver had left and he decided to walk to the living room and find his phone.
I got home 45 min later. William was trying to shout for help. I told him to just lay them next time. I willl be home..and nobody can hear him through the door.
Well I thougt this is the perfect opportunity to try to get him up. PT had told me that I couldn't get him up by myself and therefore did not bother teaching me. I always ask because I want to know what to do if this happens. I think that William wore himself out before I got home and was therefore not able to achieve the task of getting up.
I let him call 911. The paramedics came out and helped him up. They turned him on his back and them one got under each armpit and helped him to stand up. He is sleeping now. He just wore himself out and is scared and has lost his confidence.
I told him that we would practice getting up in the pool. He can get on his knees and I can help him to get up. He is right..the lifeguards can help us if needed.
It is amazing that he does not have falls. The paramedics were wonderful and did not even charge.