The Geriatric Assessment Program at Washington University enables our experts to look at the entire well-being of each individual to assess his or her medical, functional, emotional, mental and social health. During the initial consultation, a geriatric specialist completes an evaluation of the patient's current health to devise a plan of care.
The evaluation includes:
- Medical assessment -- a complete history and physical examination. The medical history provided by the patient and family, as well as the individual's primary care physician is reviewed.
- Functional assessment -- explores the patient's ability to function independently and the potential for additional services. Objective, standardized tests are used and include memory screening.
- Mental, emotional and social assessment -- explores the patient's feelings and mood, living situation, level of activity or care giving issues.
Following the assessment, a list of problems and suggested recommendations are compiled and presented during a conference involving the patient and family. A complete report of the assessment is sent to the primary care physician.
Patients or their family members may refer to our service directly, or through your regular doctor.