What is a Geriatric Assessment?
A Geriatric Assessment is a comprehensive evaluation of an older adult's health and level of functioning to identify strategies to improve their quality of life and allow them to maintain their independence for as long as possible.
When is an assessment needed?
- Decline in physical health
- Memory loss or confusion
- Increasing falls
- Weight loss
How will I Benefit from the Assessment?
- Current and Potential problems are identified
- A plan will be developed to address the problems.
- Available services and resources will be suggested to meet your needs.
- On-going follow-up and modifications of the plan will be provided as needed.
What is Included:
- Team Evaluation
- Physical Therapy: walking and balance evaluation
- Occupational Therapy: Home and personal safety issues, may include a driving evaluation
- Pharmacy: Review of all medications
- Social Services: Living arrangements, support services, and/or financial concerns
Other Services May Include:
- Lab, X-Ray or other diagnostic studies
- Specialist Referral
- Dietician Evaluation
- Mental Health Consult
**Costs associated with the assessment will be billed to Medicare and to any supplemental insurance.
How do I get Started:
Contact the Dinklage Medical Clinic for a Medical Exam with the provider of your choice. Following the Medical Exam, you will be scheduled for the Geriatric Clinic.
What do I need to bring?
In order to get the most out of your appointment at your Geriatric Assessment you should bring:
- Your caregiver or a family member.
- ALL of your medications in their original bottles. This is includes prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, vitamins or herbal medications.
- The name an address of your primary care provider as well as records from other specialists. (This is not necessary if you are a patient of the Dinklage Medical Clinic)
For more information or to schedule an appointment - call the Dinklage Medical Clinic at 402-372-2477.
Frequently Asked Questions:
- Q: What if I do not have a primary care provider?
- A: If you do not have a primary care provider, the geriatric assessment team can help you locate or make a referral for a primary care provider.
- Q: Can I still come to the clinic even if I do not have any of my past medical records?
- A: Having records is very helpful. However, you may still make an appointment even if you do not have any records.
- Q: Can I still come to the clinic even if I do not have a family member available?
- A: Yes. There are many reasons why it is best to bring a caregiver or family member to the appointment, but if no caregiver or family member is available, you may still come to the clinic.