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Patient able to maintain position with maximal disturbance from therapist.


Patient able to maintain position with moderate disturbance from therapist


Patient able to maintain position for short periods of time unsupported. Can maintain balance, but will lose balance with disturbance. Can maintain balance without disturbance.


Pt attempts to assist but requires assistance from other person to maintain position. If you sat them up then let go of them they would fall. Assistance to stay sitting up.

No Balance

Patient is unable to assist in maintaining position.


Status Post
(or Status After)

3 things to do before you start Balance Test

1. Lock the chair
2. Have patient scoot forward in the chair so that their back isn't up against the back of the chair.
3. Patient's hands need to be in their lap

#1 to do before balance test

Lock the wheelchair

#2 to do before balance test

Have patient scoot forward to not lean against back of chair.

#3 to do before balance test

Patient's hands must be in their lap

Pre-transfer assessment ti so be done only on ____________.

Weight bearing leg

When you are administering the balance test, your other hand should be ____________.

guarding the patient.

We can _____ change the weight bearing status.

Never (only per physician's orders)

When referring to the patients leg, we should use the terms ___________ or __________.

affected or unaffected,
involved or uninvolved.


Patient able to consistently perform skill safely with no one present to assist.

Modified independent

Common descriptor seen in a rehabilitation setting. Between independent and supervision. Used if patient:
• uses an assistive device
• needs excessive time to complete a task
• exhibits minor safety issues (vision, hearing, etc,)


Patient requires someone within arm's reach as precaution; low probability of patient having a problem requiring assistance.

Close Guarding / Close Supervision

Person assisting is positioned as if to assist, with hands raised but not touching patient; full attention on patient; fair probability of patient requiring assistance.

Contact Guarding

Clinician is positioned as with close guarding, with hands on patient but not giving any assistance; high probability of patient requiring assistance.

Minimum Assistance

Patient able to complete majority of the activity without assistance.

Moderate Assistance

Patient able to complete part(approximately half) of the task without assistance.

Maximum Assistance

Patient able to assist minimally.

Total Assistance

Common descriptor seen in a rehabilitation setting. Patient requires the assistance of two (2) people or is barely able to assist with task.

What's an important thing to tell your patient when showing them how to do a sliding board transfer?

put hands on top of board or on chair (never under the board).

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