Senior Assessments at University Hospitals
Many illnesses that commonly affect the older adult are treatable or manageable with medications or modifications in diet, exercise and other daily living behaviors. Through a specially designed senior assessment program, University Hospitals’ team approach to diagnosis and treatment involves the individual, family members and physicians to improve and maintain the highest quality of life for men and women. Our program is staffed by board-certified internal medicine physicians specializing in geriatric medicine and polypharmacy. Polypharmacy is the study of multiple medications, potential drug interactions, and taking more medications than are actually needed. This advanced training is especially important when caring for persons over age 65.
Spouses, adult children and physicians may be prompted to seek an in-depth evaluation for an older adult based on the following:
- Frequent Falls
- Memory Loss
- Decreased Mobility
- Advancing Arthritis
- Impaired Vision or Hearing
- Nutritional Concerns
By examining physical, social and environmental factors, our senior assessment team can uncover illnesses and conditions that are potentially treatable or chronic, degenerative mental or physical conditions that require recommendations for immediate and long-term needs. A specially trained physician—a geriatrician—along with a registered nurse and social worker form the core team to conduct the geriatric assessment.
A few short weeks after the assessment, the patient and family attend a summary conference to review the assessment findings, learn the recommendations and ask questions regarding the diagnosis, prognosis, treatment options and future plan of care. The team coordinates plans for medical and social needs of the patient with the primary care physician.