When I was caring for my sick elderly family members a nurse told me to put a chair in front of the person (provided they are not hurt). This helps a great deal. In fact it helped me when I slid down on to the floor and could not get up. I managed to get to the nearest chair and was able to get up. Of course if someone is sick or unable to get up the ambulance is the best thing.
They say that any elderly person who has had a fall , the ambulance should be called as they might have fractured a rib or something similar..there was a lesson learnt on this, for us when we worked in the wards.. was that an elderly lady fell down .. didn`t really think she hurt herself .. so she tried to get up and asked others to help her up.. which they did .. after a while she felt ill and we needed to send for a doctor and on examining her it was found that a fractured rib had pierced into her lungs making her very ill so surgery and treatment was needed .. they told people to not try to lift an elderly person who has had a fall but just make them comfy and call an ambulance. they are trained to check for problems and know how to lift them on to the stretcher.. . its just not worth taking the risk its really a matter of life or death … my daughter who works in a nursing home said they always have to call an ambulance when someone falls for this reason.. they are not allowed to lift them off the floor..
I guess its your own choice.. it all depends on how you fall I reckon.. and like you say if you feel ok and can get up with a little help .. but not someone who might get a bad back from helping you up.. try to find someone who is able to help you.. 🙂
Before I had my bypass done I fell frequently, I put it down to carelessness, and I often had to crawl to a chair or a door handle to get up, but since I’ve had my bypass I have only fallen once when I tripped over something and I got up quite easily