Home Care II: The Next MillenniumFunctional Tools for Assessing Balance and Gait ImpairmentsAnemaet, Wendy K. MS, PT, GCS, ATC; Moffa-Trotter, Michelle E. PT, GCSAuthor Information Home Physical Therapist; Miami, Florida (Anemaet) Home Physical Therapist; Clearwater, Florida (Moffa-Trotter) This article is copyright © 1999, Wendy Anemaet and Michelle Moffa-Trotter. It is printed with their permission. Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation: September 1999 - Volume 15 - Issue 1 - p 66-83 Buy Abstract The use of functional tools in home health care is increasing. Knowing which functional tool to choose is very important for home health care professionals. This article describes important characteristics of functional tools, discusses the various types of functional tools available, and delineates the benefits of utilizing functional tools. It details specific functional tools for assessing gait and balance impairments including the Sharpened Romberg, the One Legged Stance Test, the Functional Reach Test, Timed Stands, the Tinetti Assessment Tool, the Berg Balance Scale, and the Modified Gait Abnormality Rating Scale. It concludes with a discussion of the clinical uses of the information gained from functional tools. Copyright © 1999 by Aspen Publishers, Inc.