Why are Geriatric Assessment Services beneficial?
Medical and service providers are faced with the challenges and complexities of caring for older adults. Excela Health’s multidisciplinary Geriatric Assessment Service was created to assist the patient, his family and primary care physician by coordinating care and promoting a higher level of functioning for the patient. There is also the opportunity to assess and address complex social issues, which can lead to better utilization of community resources and family education.
What are Geriatric Assessment Services?
Designed to assist physicians in the diagnosis, treatment and management of complex geriatric patients, this service provides:
• An evaluation of the patient’s medical, psychiatric and social needs.
• An assessment of the patient’s need for services.
• A coordinated care plan of recommendations, developed for the primary care physician’s review and implementation.
• Adults age 60 and older.
• People who suffer from multiple health concerns or significant disability.
• Those experiencing mental and emotional changes that accompany their physical illness.
• Those experiencing a decline in independent functioning.
• Those who are experiencing depression and loss of memory.
About the Geriatric Assessment Services Team
•Board certified physicians Barbara Wang and Daniel DiCola, who have advanced training in geriatric medicine.
• An advanced practice psychiatric nurse.
• A licensed social worker.
• Based on the specific needs of the patient, the team also may include other clinical disciplines including psychiatry, neurology, nutrition, occupational and physical therapy.
How is a patient referred?
A physician referral is required. Physicians may choose to utilize the Geriatric Assessment Service as part of their patient’s care plan. If a patient or a family member is interested in this service, he is encouraged to discuss this option with his physician.
Where will the Geriatric Assessment occur?
Services are provided at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. Patients will continue to be treated by their primary care physicians regardless of hospital affiliation.
View a Web Chat on Geriatrics with Dr. Rachel Shipley