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Daily Assessments

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Daily Assessments
Assessment (check daily) YES/NO Changes Noted
New symptoms?    
Worsening symptoms? Describe    
Medication changes?    
Vital signs: significant differences from previous visit?    
Lab values: any new changes?    
Daily weight change? Check patient/client's log (especially for heart failure or COPD patient/clients)    
Skin changes?    
Activity changes?    
Changes in sleep patterns or amt of sleep?    
Recent visit to MD or ER and any changes since visit?    
Changes in equipment needs?    
Changes in caregiver needs?    
Obstacles to performing activities?    
Dietary needs/recommendations?    


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Measures More Frequently Used in the Home Setting
Outcome Measure Target of Measurement
Borg Rating of Perceived Exertion Perceived effort w/activity (6–20 scale or 0–10 scale)
Chair Rise test Functional lower extremity strength assessment
Falls assessment (see Neuro Tab) Determine risk for falls
Gait Speed Test (see Cardio Tab) Compare gait speed to functional indicators such as falls risk, risk for rehospitalization, etc
Modified Romberg (see Neuro Tab) Balance screen
Short Physical Performance Battery Balance, lower extremity functional strength, & gait speed measurements to screen for functional assessment
Timed Walk Tests (3-, 6-, 12-min) Functional performance during ambulation: originally tested in chronic lung disease patient/clients
Timed Stands Test Lower extremity strength in patient/clients w/arthritis
Timed "Up and Go" Test Mobility of frail elderly: timed rise from chair, walk for 3 m, return to sit
Visual Analogue Scale for Dyspnea Patient/client's perceptions of dyspnea; used w/activities

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Assistive/Adaptive Equipment Assessment in Home
Identified Dysfunction Equipment to Consider Assessment of Equipment
Unable to ambulate for distances Wheelchair

Assess height, weight, & buttocks width to determine size of chair

Assess need for removable arms/legs & reclining back or legs

Assess comfort in w/c

(see Assessment Tab for w/c measurement)

Wheeled walker, regular walker, cane

Mobility scooter

Assess individual's height & height at hand grip w/30° bend in elbow

Scooter: assess body height, leg height, hip to knee length, arm reach to handlebars

Difficulty getting up from bed to stand, needs multiple pillows to sleep

Bed risers

Bed rails, trapeze, poles, or grab bars

Electric bed to raise head or feet up or raise or lower from floor

Assess ability to get up from elevated height—may only need risers

Assess ability to hold on to bed assists

Difficulty standing up from low chairs

Higher height chair or a motorized lift chair

Poles to use for standing from sit

Evaluate heights from which individual can rise to standing & heights that are difficult Determine amount of assist needed to stand

Difficulty rising up from toilet

Elevated toilet seat

Hand rails around

toilet to help with push

Assess heights from which individual rise ...

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