Falls Assessment in OASIS-C
The OASIS-C dataset assesses whether or not the patient has had a fall risk assessment. In the item intent in Chapter 3 it further states that the multi-factor falls risk assessment that has been validated as effective in identifying falls risk in community-dwelling elders and which includes a standard response scale.
Although many falls risk assessments that meet these requirements are available, the one that is perhaps easiest to use and has been proven to be validated is the Timed Up and Go Test. This test uses only a chair and a tape measure and can be performed in just a few minutes. Patients who do not do well on a Timed Up and Go may be candidates for physical therapy and the use of this or a similar test will validate the patient’s need in a RAC audit.