Community Care Resources - Frailty

A 9 point clinical assessment tool for clinicians in various settings to assess the level of patient frailty, which assesses risk for death and/or the need for institutional care. 1 page.

This assessment tool is a brief , valid reliable tool which can be used by clinicians without special training in geriatric medicine to assess the frailty of the older patient. It assesses 10 domains including cognitive impairment and balance and mobility.

A summary poster on fracture risk assessment, fracture and fall prevention strategies for all residents in retirement or long-term care homes.

Frailty is a biological syndrome that reflects a state of decreased physiological reserve and vulnerability to stressors. Upward of 20 frailty assessment tools have been developed, with most tools revolving around the core phenotypic domains of frailty—slow walking speed, weakness, inactivity, exhaustion, and shrinking—as measured by physical performance tests and questionnaires.

The FRAX® tool has been developed by WHO to evaluate fracture risk of patients. It is based on individual patient models that integrate the risks associated with clinical risk factors as well as bone mineral density (BMD) at the femoral neck. Desktop and paper versions available.  This webpage includes an interactive fracture risk calculation tool with instructions.