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Explanation of The Designations For Comparison Charts

Here are a few simple rules to determine your impairment designation:

·         A “0” designation means you have strong evidence that you can fall. A score on your DGI between 0-10 Dynamic Gait Index (DGI) or failing the CDC Tandem stand test, which is to place one foot in front of the other, heel touching toe. An older adult who cannot hold the tandem stand for at least 10 seconds is at increased risk of falling or any of these following conditions:  

  •  Muscle Weakness
  •   History of Falls
  • Gait Deficit
  • Balance Deficit
  • Use of An Assistive Device
  •  Visual Deficit
  •  Arthritis
  • Impaired ADL
  • Depression
  • Cognitive Impairment
  •  Age Greater Than 80
  • Psychotropic Medications
  • Class La Antiarrhythmic Medications
  • Digoxin
  • A “1” designation means you have some evidence that you can fall. A score on your DGI between 10 to 15 Dynamic Gait Index (DGI) or inconsistent failing of the CDC fall test.

 

  •  A “2” designation means you have little evidence that you can fall. A score on your DGI between 15 to 19 Dynamic Gait Index (DGI) or a few times failing the CDC fall test.
  • A “3” designation means you have normal safe ambulators which is a DGI of 22 to 24 or pass the CDC falling test above

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