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Outpatient Geriatric Assessments

The Geriatric Assessment & Consultation Clinic provides in-depth medical evaluation and diagnostic services for seniors who experience problems in everyday functioning. It provides:  a) Comprehensive assessment of your strengths, vulnerabilities and needs; b) Specific recommendations based on your medical, psychological, social, cognitive, functional and spiritual needs; and c) Assistance to caregivers.

A physician may make an appointment, or patients and caregivers may call Barger Senior Health and Wellness Center at 541-242-8300.

Comprehensive Care

Under the leadership of a geriatric physician, a team of professionals conducts a thorough study to identify factors that limit an older person’s independence, including:

  • Memory loss
  • Medication interactions
  • Incontinence
  • Gait and balance disorders
  • Mood or sleep pattern changes

Reasons for a Geriatric Assessment

  • Changes in physical functioning, such as walking, eating and incontinence
  • Change in mental status, such as forgetfulness or confusion
  • Change in mood or behavior, such as depression, anxiety or withdrawal
  • Multiple medications
  • A need for coordinated care

A Complete Medical Team

A board-certified geriatric physician sees all patients. Depending upon the patient’s needs, the assessment coordinator schedules an appointment with:

  • A Nurse Practitioner
  • A Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • A Counselor
  • A Clinical Pharmacist specializing in Geriatrics
  • An Audiologist
  • A Physical Therapist

Initial Visit

The assessment consists of two visits. The initial visit is 90 minutes long and includes:

  • A patient history obtained from the patient/caregiver(s)/family
  • A physical examination, depression screening, and functional and sensory exams
  • Laboratory and imaging testing as needed
  • Referrals to other community services and specialists, as needed

Follow-Up Visit

The follow-up visit is 30 minutes long. At its conclusion:

  • The patient, family and caregiver are given the diagnosis and treatment recommendations.
  • The family receives a written summary and a copy is sent to the primary care physician.
  • More information regarding dementia, future planning and community resources is provided.

Caregivers and family members are encouraged to attend all visits.

Who pays for geriatric services?

The cost is typically covered by insurance or Medicaid. The clinic bills the insurance company directly. Patients are responsible for any balance.

How are requests for assessments made?

Individuals, family members, health care providers or other professionals can simply call or write the Senior Health & Wellness Center to request a geriatric assessment. An assessment request from your primary care provider (PCP) is required. Our consultation coordinator can assist in obtaining the request.

Contact Us

A physician may make an appointment, or patients and caregivers may call Barger Senior Health and Wellness Center at 541-242-8300.

 
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