A geriatric assessment is designed to collect data on the medical, psychosocial and functional capabilities and limitations of elderly patients.
Why do a Geriatric Assessment?
Safety is the primary reason seniors should have a geriatric assessment since most suffer from medical conditions, which can affect their overall quality of life and ability to take care of their needs independently.
A geriatric assessment will ensure a patient is:
- Secure and safe in their current living environment
- Capable of managing their medications
- Can safely drive
- Are able to cook, clean and take care of him or herself
In addition, a geriatric assessment helps family members understand the obstacles their senior loved ones may be facing. It provides a whole picture of what may be going on, allowing family members to make the right decisions when it comes to the medical care they may or may not need.
Who needs a Geriatric Assessment?
Seniors who suffer from one or more of the following:
- Multiple chronic illness
- Episodes of dizziness or falling
- Depression or loneliness
- Memory loss
- Weight loss
- Mental health issues
- End-of-life care
- Pain management
- Lack of independent functioning
- To ensure the person is safe in their living situation
Our team is comprised of various healthcare experts and is led by Dr. Matt Timm long-standing, well-respected physician at Pender Community Hospital & Medical Clinics. Dr. Timm and the team work together to develop the best recommendation for our elderly patients. Experts come from different departments, including:
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Behavioral health
- Nutrition education
To Schedule an Assessment
To schedule an assessment with our team, call 402-385-1898.