Do you know your risk of falling? Take this test to find out!

by Bruce Montgomery Ph.D. April 01, 2016

Do you know your risk of falling? Take this test to find out!

What is your risk of falling? According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, if you score 4 or more points on this test, you may be at risk of falling and should discuss your results with your doctor.

                                                     

If you score 4 or more points on this test, your doctor may suggest:

  • Having other medical tests
  • Changing your medicines
  • Consulting a specialist
  • Seeing a physical therapist
  • Attending a fall prevention program
  • Installing fall prevention devices like grab bars throughout the home

There are a variety of other fall-prevention modifications and devices that can help make you and your home safer for little or no cost. See our other blogs for suggestions.

Source: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention Brochure: Stay Independent: Falls are the main reason why older people lose their independence.

This checklist was developed by the Greater Los Angeles VA Geriatric Research Education Clinical Center and affiliates and is a validated fall risk self-assessment tool (Rubenstein et al. J Safety Res; 2011:42(6)493-499). Adapted by the CDC with permission of the authors.




Bruce Montgomery Ph.D.
Bruce Montgomery Ph.D.

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Dr. Bruce Montgomery is a licensed building contractor in Michigan and Florida. He is a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist as designated by the National Association of Home Builders. He has also achieved an Executive Certificate in Home Modification from the University of Southern California. He has a wide ranging educational background, including a Master of Science degree in Entomology, with a Master of Science degree in Forestry and a Ph.D. in educational administration.




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