FINDING BALANCE ALGORITHM
Falls screening tools are sensitive, brief, and easy to complete assessments that attempt to identify individuals at a higher than average risk for falling who would likely benefit from a more in-depth evaluation.
Results can be numerical with a cut-off score or categorical where those tested are ranked as being at low, medium, and high risk. While screening tools have been used to predict a general level of risk for falling, they do not accurately predict which people will actually fall or give much information about what can be done to decrease the risk of falling.
Certain screening tools such as the Staying Independent Checklist provide the ability for seniors to self-assess their risk for falls. These validated tools can be used as a means to encourage a discussion around falls.
Screening protocols should include an assessment of: