1. Have you fallen in the past year?
2. Are you afraid you might fall?
3. Do you frequently need to use your arms to rise from chairs?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be at risk of falling. If so, take the Sit to Stand Test below to determine your risk.
Sit to Stand Test
1. Sit on a straight-backed chair with your feet flat on the floor and your arms folded across your chest.
2. Time yourself or have someone else time you with a stopwatch or clock with a second hand.
3. Stand up from the chair to a full standing position and then sit down completely onto the chair without using your hands in either direction. Repeat as many times as you are able to in 30 seconds.
Check your score below:
High Fall Risk = 8 times or less:
- Seek definate assistance of a therapist for assessment and individual training.
Moderate Fall Risk = 9-12 times:
- Consult with a therapist for advice and help with balance exercises.
Low Fall Risk = 13 or more times:
- Stay healthy and exercise regularly.