Screening & Assessment Tools

An assessment is a useful tool that is often used to screen senior adults for risk factors for falling and identify the risk factors that warrant further attention. There are many types of assessment tools and they can be completed by a senior adult, a family member, a caregiver or a healthcare provider. The tools provided on this page can be used in a variety of settings.

A healthcare provider should screen patients at least annually during routine medical examinations and ask about the occurrence of falls and any gait or balance problems.

If a patient is at risk for falling, a comprehensive assessment should be completed in order to initiate a multifaceted fall prevention program that is tailored to the individual. The tools on this page can be used to complete a comprehensive assessment.

Evidence Based Assessment Tools

Timed Up and Go Test
Falls Efficacy Scale
8 Steps in Responding to a Fall
4 Stage Balance Test
30 Second Chair Stand
Tinetti Assessment Tool

Other Common Assessment Tools

Guideline for the Prevention of Falls in Older Adults
Personal Risk Factors Checklist