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
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
• Difficulty managing daily activities
• Difficulty performing familiar tasks
• Problems with language
• Falling or loss of balance
• Social isolation
• 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).