7.11 Skills Checklist: Measuring Height for Ambulatory Residents

1. Gather Supplies: Gait belt and stadiometer

2. Routine Pre-Procedure Steps:

    • Knock on the client’s door.
    • Perform hand hygiene.
    • Introduce yourself and identify the resident.
    • Maintain respectful, courteous, and professional communication at all times.
    • Provide for privacy.
    • Explain the procedure to the client.

3. Procedure Steps:

    • Put nonskid footwear on the resident.
    • Apply a gait belt if indicated on the care plan.
    • If the resident is in a wheelchair, assist the resident to the stadiometer and lock the brakes.
    • Assist the resident to stand and walk to the stadiometer.
    • Slowly turn the resident so their back is near the stadiometer and they are facing away from the supporting wall.
    • Instruct the resident to look forward and keep their chin up.
    • Gently lower the stadiometer arm to the top of the resident’s head.
    • Note the measurement.
    • Raise the stadiometer arm.
    • Assist the resident back to the wheelchair if used.
    • Remove the gait belt if it was applied.
    • Unlock the brakes if the resident is seated in a wheelchair.

4. Post-Procedure Steps:

    • Check on resident comfort and ask if anything else is needed.
    • Ensure the bed is low and locked. Check the brakes.
    • Place the call light or signaling device within reach of the resident.
    • Open the door and privacy curtain.
    • Perform hand hygiene.
    • Document height and report abnormal findings to the nurse.

View a YouTube video[1] of an instructor demonstration of measuring height:


  1. Chippewa Valley Technical College. (2022, December 3). Measuring Height. [Video]. YouTube. Video licensed under CC BY 4.0https://youtu.be/T_h4uMnh3UA


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