The Timed Up and Go (TUG) Test is a simple test that can be a useful tool to assess the fall risk of older adults (age 65+). This test can be performed at home, requiring only a stop watch and a chair.
Set up: Mark a spot 3 meters from a chair, making sure you have a straight and clear path from the chair to the marked spot.
Test: Begin sitting in the chair. Have someone time you as you get up from the chair and walk at your normal pace to the spot that was marked. When you reach this spot turn around and walk back to the chair at your normal pace and sit back down. The timer is stopped when you sit down. You can use an assistive device, such as a cane or walker if you normally do so when you walk.
If it takes equal to or greater than 12 seconds to complete the test this indicates that you are at an increased risk for falls.