Serving Seniors, Families and Caregivers since 1986.

Frequently Asked Questions


What is a Geriatric Evaluation?

A geriatric evaluation is a comprehensive evaluation designed to optimize an older person’s ability to enjoy good health, improve their overall quality of life, reduce the need for hospitalization or placement, and enable them to live independently for as long as possible. 


What happens during a geriatric evaluation?

1. An examination of the person’s current status in terms of:

Physical, mental, and psychosocial health

The ability to function well and to independently perform basic activities of daily living such as dressing, bathing, meal                preparation, medication management, etc. 

Living arrangements, social network, and access to support services

2. An identification of current problems or anticipated future problems in any of these areas.

3. The development of a comprehensive “Care Plan” which addresses all problems identified, suggests specific interventions or         actions required, and makes specific recommendations regarding resources needed to provide the necessary support                       services. 


Who benefits from a geriatric evaluation?

Older adults who are worried about health or memory loss

Adult children who are concerned about parents or other loves ones

Caregivers of frail or ailing seniors

Physicians who care for complex patients requiring multidisciplinary evaluation and management

 

The Patient
Whether a patient needs additional in-home care or requires an increased level of social activity, the S+AGE Care Manager can help to identify the best and most cost-effective resources available in the community including:
Home-Health Care Senior Centers
Housing Activities
Transportation Medical equipment
Adult day health care Mental health services

Additionally, the S+AGE Care Manger is available to provide supportive counseling for patients who are having difficulty coping with the impact of their medical conditions. We believe that our patients should have an experienced professional to turn to when they need help.

The Caregivers
Family caregivers and non-family caregivers play an essential role in the ongoing health and wellbeing of our patients. At S+AGE, the Care Manager is dedicated to helping caregivers adjust to the challenges they face throughout the aging process. Through education, counseling, and resource coordination the care manager helps to integrate the caregivers into the overall plan of care so their concerns and needs are adequately addressed. 

Help us to help you
Whether you are a new patient or you have been coming to S+AGE for years, we encourage you to look to our Care Management team for assistance whenever you have a health related need. 

Please contact S+AGE Care Manager Debbie Speciner, LCSW to find out more. Or, check us out on the web at www.sagecares.com.


How do I know if a geriatric evaluation is needed?

A request for geriatric evaluation is appropriate any time there are ongoing or periodic signs of: 

Memory loss

Confusion

Difficulty managing daily activities

Difficulty performing familiar tasks

Problems with language

Falling or loss of balance

Depression

Social isolation

Incontinence

Caregiver Stress


Aren’t memory loss, confusion and difficulty managing daily activities just normal parts of aging?

No.  However, what looks like Alzheimer’s disease or dementia can be the result of medication interactions or other medical or psychiatric problems.  The geriatric evaluation is so thorough that it is one of the best ways to determine what is or is not the actual cause of problems.


Can a primary care physician complete a geriatric evaluation?

The S+AGE geriatric evaluation differs from a standard medical evaluation by including non-medical areas, by emphasizing functional ability and quality of life, and by relying on an interdisciplinary team that may include evaluations by a:

Geriatrician Geriatric Psychiatrist

Geriatric Nurse Practitioner Neuropsychologist

Clinical Psychologist

Geriatric Nurse


Who pays for a geriatric evaluation?

Medicare covers most of the cost of a geriatric evaluation and some supplemental insurance plans cover the rest.  Private pay is also accepted. 


How do I schedule a geriatric evaluation at S+AGE? 

Call us at (818) 341-SAGE (7243).