Falls Prevention
in Community Settings

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

    YouTube video (high resolution)


    Length 1:29

    5 x sit to stand

    YouTube video (high resolution)


    Length 2:45

    10 walk test

    YouTube video (high resolution)


    Length 4:02

    Alternate step test

    YouTube video (high resolution)


    Length 1:29

    Near Tandem Stance Test

    YouTube video (high resolution)


    Length 2:37

    Timed up and go test

    YouTube video (high resolution)


    Length 1:29

    Staying active and healthy to prevent falls
    Home-based strength and balance exercises

    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.