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My mom has a brain tumor and is a fall risk because of right-side weakness and balance issues. I've discovered that it is pretty much impossible to completely prevent falls because they have sometimes happened even when I'm looking right at her. Once she starts falling, there's little I can do because of the risk of dislocating her arms if I grab them, so I just try to cushion her fall.

Unfortunately, the last time she fell she hit her head on the carpet. She says she is fine and she doesn't appear to have any external injuries. Because of her tumor symptoms which mirror concussion symptoms anyway, I don't think I would even know if something was wrong. Going to a PCP isn't helpful, and I am loathe to drag my mom to the ER every time she falls because she is already exhausted of the hospital, having been there 4 times this year already for tumor-related issues.

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A minimal bump on the head on carpet with a slow-motion fall from standing height, no change in consciouness or seeing stars, etc. probably no worry, as opposed to falling off a porch a couple of feet more onto concrete. If it was about the same impact as hitting your head on a car door, serious damage is very unlikely. The exception might be if a person is anticoagulated (on "blood thinners") or has severe osteopenia/osteoporosis, and of course if they act or move differently or seem lethargic.
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Matie26, My daughter had brain cancer. I would monitor mom for even pupils, and alertness, bruises. I would ask her to smile and stick out her tongue and close her eyes and extend her arms and touch her nose, just like you see them do at the MD office. If she can't do these, I would call the neuro-oncologist and ask if he wants to see her.
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My Dad falls all the time at least once a week. We never go to the hospital. He knows how to fall, and exercises every day to stay strong. If there are no obvious signs of distress, wait. I imagine with a brain tumor you have turned from cure to care. Do what she wants. Their are tutorials online to prevent falls, temove rugs, grip bars, etc Good luck
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Is your mom using a walker? If not, should she be? I would looking at prevention.
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Have you talked to her neurologist? This is a tough situation. My cousin falls alot too. She's been in the ER for x-rays so many times this year. The new Assisted Living facility she is in informs me that if a resident falls and a staff member did NOT see it, they always take to the ER to get checked out.

Maybe a member here who has gone through this can offer you more concrete advice.
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