Fall Risk Based on Timed Up and Go Test in Elderly at Nursing Home in West Java, Indonesia

Thiruchelvam Selvadurai, Tertianto Prabowo, Yuni S. Pratiwi

Abstract


Background: Falls are major cause of morbidity and mortality in elderly patients. Mobility assessment is important in preventing  falls in elderly. This study was conducted to determine the level of fall risk in elderly people at Karitas Cimahi Nursing Home, West Java, Indonesia by using ‘timed up and go test’(TUG).

Methods:This cross-sectional descriptive study was conducted at Karitas Cimahi Nursing Home from June–November 2013. The risk of falls was categorized into two; high and low risk of falls. High risk of falls indicated when the participants complete the TUG test with time taken >10 seconds, and low risk of falls indicated when the time taken is <10 seconds. To identify the level of fall risk in elderly people the test which is recommended by the American Geriatric Society was used. The sampling technique used was total sampling. Data was analyzed and presented by using frequency tables.

Results: From a total of 32 elderly population at Karitas Cimahi Nursing Home, a total of 20 participated in this study. The ‘Timed up and go test’ result for all the participants were >10 seconds.

Conclusions: The level of fall risk in elderly people at Karitas Cimahi Nursing Home based on the  test showed  that all participants,  both male and female, regardless of using assistive device have high level risk of falls. [AMJ.2017;4(1):83–6]

 

DOI: 10.15850/amj.v4n1.1025


Keywords


Elderly, risk of falls, ’timed up and go test’

Full Text:

PDF

Refbacks

  • There are currently no refbacks.



 

This Journal indexed on:

                

 

Creative Commons License
AMJ is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License

 


View My Stats