I was entering my back gate from the alley when I heard my mom (who is 86) calling to me. I saw her standing with an elder neighbor (she is 92) who was sitting on her sidewalk. The sidewalk runs along the side of her house. I went through the gates to find that the 92 year old female could not get up. She said that she had not fallen, but had sat down (I guess her legs gave out).
With my mother assisting from the woman's back I took hold of her forearms in my hands, and pulled her up. I was worried that her feet might slip so I spread mine about six inches apart with the toes pointed out to each side so that she could use my arches for leverage of her toes if needed.
I tried to find something on the Internet about how to do this, but the information I got seems to deal more with how to help someone in a nursing home or in their house. I thought that if it happens again I would get a sheet, run it along her back, and under her arms, and with another person use this as leverage. Any ideas about how to do this safely. I am 65, weigh 130 lbs, and the lady probably weighs 110 lbs. Perhaps I should have called 911 but she did not want to wait and believed that she had no injuries (except to her pride).
I would suggest a few things:
If you are able to have them roll to their side and then get on all fours and then help them to a kneeling position (a use of a towel under the knees would help) then using your arms to help them,but bending at your knees, attempt to help them up. Do not try to pull a person up using your back, you will injure yourself.
Lastly, no matter how much pride is hurt, you have to consider her age. She could have injured her hip and not know it right away. If there was any pain as she tried to roll to the side, I would call 911.
Thanks, ToledoLatina. She seems to be okay but says she won't go out to take the little bit of garbage she has to the can. I offered to take it, and her son takes it for her. The biblical verse "Pride goeth before a fall" seems to apply here. We all want to be independent but sometimes we need help.
9 years as an EMT here. 7 full time on private EMS truck. (Responded to a variety of calls, mostly ECF "fallen and I can't get up" as well as county response where (pick an area FD don't want to fill out the report type stuff.) The best answer I can give you... It depends. Think you can get the pt up without compromising their c spine? Go ahead. Why take the chance? Call 9-1-1 and play it safe
TrilbyGuy, I probably would have called 9-1-1 if she had shown any pain. Her house is only three blocks from the fire station on South Avenue. But she had not fallen, but rather "sat". Though I am aware that I might have injured her just pulling her up. 9-1-1 might still be the best way to go.