The CEC recommends using the below tools to assist Community Care settings to prevent falls and harm from falls in older people. This aligns with the work of the CEC Older Person Patient Safety Program for the safe care of older people.
- FROP-Com Fall Risk Screen PDF ~297KB
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- Falls Prevention flowchart following FROP-Com Fall Risk Screen PDF ~1.1MB
- Post Fall Guide PDF ~1.1MB
Balance and strength testing
The following documents are guides for Health Professionals when testing a person’s balance and/or strength
- A guide to understanding balance and mobility PDF ~187KB
- A guide for referral to improve a person’s balance and/or strength PDF ~221KB
This table outlines the best balance and strength test depending on what your client tells you. For example, if your client reports they are feeling wobbly, that they fell over a small object, or that they are unable to keep up with a friend, this guide can help you to decide on the appropriate balance and strength test and then referral pathways.
- Quick Guide for clinicians PDF ~72KB
Balance and strength test videos
These videos demonstrate balance and strength tests. It demonstrates the test, outlines the equipment needed and explains the results and when a person should be referred to a physiotherapist or exercise physiologist or a Falls Prevention exercise program.
Home-based strength and balance exercises to stay active and healthy to prevent falls
This video shows a physiotherapist demonstrating balance and strength exercises that can be completed at home. Improving balance and strength will reduce your risk of having a fall. Also included is some sample exercises from the LiFE (Lifestyle Function Exercise) Program, highlighting an opportunity of how balance and strength exercises can fit into everyday life.
You can view the video online at the Active and Healthy website