Are you worried that your loved one might be a fall risk? This quiz can help you evaluate their needs. If you answer "yes" to four or more questions, please email us or call +1 (703) 246-8743 TTY 711. A member of our nursing team can talk with you about your concerns.
- Has your loved one fallen in the past year?
- Does your loved one feel unsteady when standing or walking?
- Is your loved one worried or afraid of falling?
- Does your loved one live alone?
- Does your loved one have more than one chronic condition (e.g. diabetes, hypertension, cardiac problems, arthritis, Parkinson’s, stroke, dementia)?
Does your loved one suffer from any of the following issues:
- Dizziness when changing positions (e.g. sitting to standing)
- Does your loved one have ankle or foot problems (e.g. decreased sensation in feet, foot deformities such as hammertoe, uneven legs)?
Vision and Hearing
- Does your loved one have vision problems (e.g. decline in visual acuity, altered depth perception, decreased night vision, decreased peripheral vision)?
- Do they wear bifocals?
- Do they clean their lenses every day?
- Does your loved one have hearing problems?
- Do they wear hearing aids? Do they change their batteries frequently?
Muscle strength and balance
- Do they have difficulty rising from a chair? Do they need assistance?
- Do they have difficulty walking? Does s/he need to hold onto furniture, seem unsteady on their feet or need to lean on you?
- Do they need help going up the stairs?
- Do they need support getting in and out of the tub and/or up from the toilet?
- Do they use a cane, walker or wheelchair?
- Does your loved take more than four prescribed medications?
- Does your loved one take over the counter medications?
- Does your loved one take a Vitamin D supplement?
- Does your loved one take other supplements?
- Is your loved one’s home clutter free?
- Are there throw rugs in the home?
- Are there grab bars in the bathroom?
- Do stairs have handrails and are lights installed on all staircases?
- Does the house have adequate lights?
- Are kitchen cupboards within reach?
- Does your loved one use a stool or ladder to reach cupboards?
SOURCE: Questions are a compilation of items on various STEADI brochures and A CDC Compendium of Effective Fall Interventions: What Works for Community-Dwelling Older Adults, 2015