Recognising Medical Conditions: Part 5 – Concussion

Elderly people are prone to falling over – they can trip on a mat or simply lose their balance. The person may be living alone or have been on their own for a short period while you are out shopping.

They could have a fall and bang their head leading to concussion but be unaware that they are concussed.

Having recovered they may have no memory of the event. You are the first person to visit or see them.  They may or may not have obvious physical injuries that show something has happened. Other signs to look out for are:

  • Persistent headaches
  • General confusion
  • Slurred or confused speech
  • Visible injury to the head or face
  • Injury to parts of the body that might indicate a fall
  • Problems with vision – double vision
  • Loss of balance or problems walking
  • Difficulty in understanding what you say to them
  • Drowsiness that occurs when they would normally be alert
  • Vomiting
  • Memory loss that is not normal for the person

What to do

If you find your loved one unconscious or they are having difficulty staying awake, speaking, understanding what you are saying, bleeding from one or both ears, or anything that makes you suspect a serious head injury ring 999 for an ambulance immediately.  If you suspect a minor bump take them to the nearest A&E department or call their doctor. People may look or think they are fine even though they are acting or feeling differently.  It is wise to get it checked out.

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