Tracking Progress

Introduction

In these guidelines, you will find several descriptions of assessments to measure functional capacity. The functional capacity supports you in coping with the activities of daily living and maintaining autonomy. These assessments allow you to measure personal progress. Progress can be measured in two ways. Firstly, you may maintain your current state and have no further decline, which would still be a great result after eight weeks of training. Secondly, you may improve in one or more assessments. You can also apply the assessments from time to time and follow the changes over a longer period of time.

We selected a range of assessments that can be done in a sitting position, and some assessments that require walking. We suggest to perform the assessments in sitting position with the care recipient once before you start the WHOLE training sessions and once after eight weeks of conducting the training:

For those who are able to walk, we suggest to additionally perform the following tests:

Please write the results into the Documentation Sheet for Test Results to follow up your progresses. You can find the Document Sheet for Test Results on the last page of the PDF-version of these guidelines. You can download the guidelines here.

 

The Modified Functional Reach Test (sitting)

The modified version of the Functional Reach Test requires the care recipient to sit in a fixed position.



Equipment Needed

Set-Up

Test procedure
The modified version of the Functional Reach Test is performed as follows:

Instructions to the care recipient:
  1. Please lean as far as possible in each direction without rotation and without touching the wall.
  2. Please remain seated on the chair while reaching sideways and forward.

 

Functional Reach Test (standing)

This test assesses a care recipient's stability by measuring the maximum distance an individual can reach forward while standing in a fixed position.



Equipment Needed

Set-Up

Test procedure

Instructions to the care recipient:
  1. “Reach forward as far as you can without taking a step and keeping your hands in a fist.”
  2. Please remain seated on the chair while reaching sideways and forward.

 

The Timed Get Up and Go

The “Timed Get Up and Go” is an instrument to test basic mobility skills, especially for frail elderly persons. It gives a professional overview of mobility, body balance, and the risk of falling.
Equipment Needed

Set-Up

Test procedure

Instructions to the care recipient: When I say “Go” I want you to:
  1. Stand up from the chair
  2. Walk the length of the line on the floor at your normal pace
  3. Turn
  4. Walk back to the chair at your normal pace
  5. Sit down again

 

The 10 Meter Walk Test

Equipment Needed

Set-Up



Test procedure

Instructions to the care recipient:
  1. Normal comfortable speed: “I will say ready, set, go. When I say go, walk at your normal, comfortable speed until I say stop.”

 

The Back Scratch Test

The Back Scratch Test measures how close the hands can be brought together behind the back.


Equipment Needed

Set-Up

Test procedure

Instructions to the care recipient:
  1. Please reach one arm over the head and then down the back with the palm towards your body.
  2. Place the other hand behind the back with the palm facing out and reach up the back as far as possible.

 

Documentation Sheet for Test Results

Please click here to download the documentation sheet.