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Geriatric Assessment

Geriatric Assessment

When care is indicated for older adults

Performed by a team of professionals specializing in the care of older adults, the Elder Evaluation program is an outpatient geriatric assessment that takes an in-depth look at an individual's physical and physiologic needs.

Providing Help When it is Needed

When there are concerns about living or coping skills of a friend or relative, the Geriatric Assessment and Elder Evaluation Program is available to help alleviate concerns and provide accurate information to identify if and what types of assistance may be needed to help assure their health, safety and well-being.

Medical Professionals Committed to Eldercare

Together, a team of medical professionals (family members are encouraged to participate) use their collective expertise to help evaluate each individual situation and recommend appropriate lifestyle changes.  This team will include:

Assessments Focused on Identifying Needs

Led by a board-certified geriatrician, the assessment team will spend up to four weeks with the patient both in the office and in their home to determine their needs. The results of the assessment will be to formulate recommendations to meet any identified needs and are reviewed with the family.  Typically the assessment includes:  

  • An inclusive medical and psychosocial evaluation of the client
  • Laboratory and diagnostic tests
  • Medication review
  • Functional evaluation
  • Nutritional evaluation
  • A home visit to identify safety risks and the client’s functional status in the home
  • A written summary report with recommendations and community resources

Insurance and Medicare Considerations

These services are typically covered under Medicare Part B.

Referral by the client’s primary care physician is required if the client is under a Medicare HMO. Clients or families are still responsible for the portion of the bill not covered by insurance. Occasionally, families will request a summary conference without the client present.

We Look Forward to Helping You

For more information about Southwest General’s Geriatric Assessment Program or to schedule an appointment, please call the Geriatric Services office at,
440-816-4065, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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