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Falls-related injuries in the elderly population represent one of the most significant contributors to rising health care expense in developed countries. In recent years, falls detection technologies have become more common. However, very few have adopted a preferable falls prevention strategy through unsupervised monitoring in the free-living environment. The basis of the monitoring described herein was a self-administered directed-routine (DR) comprising three separate tests measured by way of a waist-mounted triaxial accelerometer. Using features extracted from the manually segmented signals, a reasonable estimate of falls risk can be achieved. We describe here a series of algorithms for automatically segmenting these recordings, enabling the use of the DR assessment in the unsupervised and home environments. The accelerometry signals, from 68 subjects performing the DR, were manually annotated by an observer. Using the proposed signal segmentation routines, an good agreement was observed between the manually annotated markers and the automatically estimated values. However, a decrease in the correlation with falls risk to 0.73 was observed using the automatic segmentation, compared to 0.81 when using markers manually placed by an observer.