Many older people experience multiple medical problems like frequent falls, memory and functional difficulties. Geriatric Assessment are needed to determine the strengths of a patient as well as problems so that resources can be identified and used to promote as much independence, safety and lifestyle satisfaction as possible. Upon completion the multi-disciplinary team develops a coordinated plan of care to begin utilizing additional resources.
Multi-disciplinary teams are usually made up of -
Geriatric Case Managers/Social Workers to help the family to understand the results, counseling, and identify community resources.
Geropsychiatrists are physicians who are specialists in the psychological needs of seniors.
Geriatric Medical Specialists are specialists in unique problems of the elderly including memory loss, incontinence and falling.
If your loved one is having difficultly with any of these, then a Geriatric Assessment would be suggested:
- Functional Activities of Daily Living impairment
- Caregiver stress
- Confustion/memory impairment
- Depression, loneliness
- History of frequent falls, marked weakness
- Malnutrition or eating difficulties
- Noncompliance of health care plan (not taking medicines, eating incorrectly)
- Repetitive emergency room visits or hospital admissions
Geriatric Assessments are available at several area physician specialty offices as well as some hospital and in-patient units.