Learn About Geriatric Assessment
A geriatric assessment is an evaluation process which is summarized in a written report. It is a valuable tool for caregivers needing to have their loved one's physical, mental and psycho-social status evaluated. In addition to the patient, the process often includes family members and other important persons in the individual's life.
What is a Geriatric Assessment?
A geriatric assessment is a multidisciplinary evaluation in which the problems of older persons are uncovered, described, and if possible, explained. Their need for services is determined, and a coordinated care plan is developed to meet those needs.
According to the National Institutes of Health, the goals of comprehensive geriatric assessment are to:
- Improve diagnostic accuracy
- Guide the selection of interventions to restore or preserve health
- Recommend an optimal environment for care
- Predict outcomes
- Monitor clinical change over time
A comprehensive geriatric assessment may lead to lower medical costs, reduced use of hospitals and nursing homes, and improved quality of care.
What services are generally offered?
A routine assessment generally includes: evaluation of the individual's level of physical, cognitive and social functions, a depression screening, a survey of the home environment for safety features and a nutritional assessment. Results are compiled in a detailed, written report or care plan.
How do I get a Geriatric Assessment?
Geriatric assessments may be performed by a Geriatric RN and Geriatric Social Worker or Case Manager in conjunction with the individual's physicians and family members.