I was asked to take my elderly uncle to the doctor after he hurt his fingers. I was explaining to the doctors what had been explained to me by my cousin and we got into a disagreement about what a fall is.
I was told that my uncle couldn't stay standing after she stood up. So rather than let him fall to the floor, my cousin held him and guided him down to the floor since my cousin couldn't support his weight with all the arm flailing he was doing (he was afraid). It was when my cousin stood him up to put him in a chair that he hit his fingers (because he was flailing again) and ended up breaking two of them.
For whatever reason, the doctors and nurses kept saying he fell. I kept telling them he didn't and kept explaining what actually happened, but they don't listen. My cousin is totally ticked off and ended up getting in an argument with them. He's worried about a "fall" going in his father's records because of some insurance reason.
Personally, I think there's a big difference between a person falling and being guided down to the floor. To me, a fall involves a hard impact, even if the ground is kind of soft. But if someone is holding you and gently sitting you on the floor, that's not a hard impact and it's not a fall.
Opinions? And how important is it to clarify these things with doctors and nurses? Especially if it's going into the medical records?