Senior Assessments

Senior Assessments Help Patients Maintain High Quality of Life

University Hospitals Center for Lifelong Health offers senior assessments to help patients maintain the highest quality of life. Board-certified internal medicine doctors, specializing in geriatric medicine and polypharmacy, lead the senior assessment program. Polypharmacy is the use of multiple medications, which has the potential to lead to drug interactions or other harmful outcomes. This advanced medical training is vital, especially when caring for people age 65 or older.

Examinations of Physical, Social and Environmental Factors

A specially trained physician, called a geriatrician, along with a registered nurse and social worker, form the core team that conducts the senior assessments. These assessments are given when spouses, adult children and/or physicians seek an in-depth evaluation of an older adult for reasons that may include:

  • Advancing arthritis
  • Decreased mobility
  • Depression
  • Frequent falls
  • Impaired vision or hearing
  • Memory loss
  • Nutritional concerns

Reviewing Assessment Findings

Upon examining the patient’s physical, social and environmental well-being, the Center for Lifelong Health physicians can identify conditions or illnesses that may be treatable. A few weeks after the assessment, the patient and family attend a summary conference to review the senior assessment findings, learn the recommendations and ask questions regarding the diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, and future plan of care. Patients can expect a full explanation of prescribed medications and how they affect the body, what to expect during diagnostic or treatment procedures, and the results of tests. This is so the patient and family can make informed decisions about care and treatment.

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For more information about the Center for Lifelong Health at University Hospitals, please call 1-844-312-LIFE (5433).

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