Senior Citizen's Guide to Cleveland 2013 Vol. 1 - page 38

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Say You Saw It in the Senior Citizen’s Guide to Cleveland
things better, and we plan with them for the future.”
When an older adult, family member or caregiver
first contacts a senior assessment center some gener-
al intake questions are asked. Based on the responses
to those questions, an assessment appointment is
scheduled.
The older adult and family members come to the ap-
pointment and includes the following:
• The older adult meets with a nurse, who conducts
a general health evaluation, medication review and
cognitive assessment
• Family members meet with a social worker to pro-
vide background information on the current health
status of their loved one and provide input on
changes they’ve observed throughout the past sev-
eral years – all of which is key to making a correct
diagnosis
• The nurse and social worker then share their find-
ings privately with a physician (geriatrician)
• The physician meets the patient and completes a
history and physical examination
• The physician meets with the family, then the older
adult is brought in, and results of the assessment
and physical exam are shared and a plan for care is
discussed
The typical patient in a senior assessment center
is over the age of 65, though some may be younger.
The typical patient in
a senior assessment
center is over the age
of 65, though some
may be younger.
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