Geriatric Assessment Center
Care of older adults is often a delicate and complex balance of diagnoses and treatment. If your loved one is having difficulty managing activities of daily living and has experienced a deterioration of physical or mental capabilities, a geriatric assessment could be a valuable next step.
At UH Parma Medical Center, a team of geriatric specialists can evaluate older adults to establish a comprehensive baseline of daily functionality.
Spouses, adult children and physicians may be prompted to seek an in depth evaluation for an older adult based on the following:
- Decline in physical abilities
- Concerns about driving safety
- Signs of memory loss
- Depression or anxiety
- Medication concerns
- Falls and trouble with balance
- Impaired vision and hearing
- Caregiver stress and concerns
- Driving concerns
Prior to the Initial Appointment
The patient and/or caregiver will be asked to complete a detailed questionnaire of the patient’s current health status, covering their physical, mental and social wellness. During the thorough assessment, blood work and imaging tests may be ordered. Appointments take an average of two hours.
During the Follow-up Meeting
The physician, nurse and social worker meet with the patient and their caregivers to establish the appropriate treatment plan. This information also is shared with the individual’s family physician to ensure continuity of care.
Support and education include referrals to community and hospital resources as appropriate, such as UH Parma Medical Center's Club for those with mild memory loss to Beyond Driving with Dignity, a driver safety evaluation.
A geriatric assessment is covered by Medicare and most private insurance plans.
For more information, or to schedule your geriatric assessment, call 440-743-2888.