Community Care

The CEC recommends using the below tools to assist Community Care settings to meet the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards (NSQHSS) Standard 10: Preventing Falls and Harm from Falls.

Balance and strength testing

The following documents are guides for Health Professionals when testing a person’s balance and/or strength

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.

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.

Introduction to balance & strength testing

Introduction to balance & strength testing

Length: 4:57 minutes

Platform: YouTube

5x

5 x sit to stand

Length:2:45 minutes

Platform: YouTube

Walk test

10 walk test

Length: 4:02 minutes

Platform: YouTube

Step test

Alternate step test

Length: 1:29 minutes

Platform: YouTube

Tandem Stance

Near tandem stance test

Length: 2:37 minutes

Platform: YouTube

Timed up and Go Test

Timed up and go test

Length: 1:29 minutes

Platform: YouTube

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