Learn About Geriatric Assessment

A geriatric assessment is an evaluation process which is summarized in a written report. It is a valuable tool for caregivers needing to have their loved one's physical, mental and psycho-social status evaluated. In addition to the patient, the process often includes family members and other important persons in the individual's life.

What is a Geriatric Assessment?

A geriatric assessment is a multidisciplinary evaluation in which the problems of older persons are uncovered, described, and if possible, explained. Their need for services is determined, and a coordinated care plan is developed to meet those needs.

According to the National Institutes of Health, the goals of comprehensive geriatric assessment are to:

  1. Improve diagnostic accuracy
  2. Guide the selection of interventions to restore or preserve health
  3. Recommend an optimal environment for care
  4. Predict outcomes
  5. Monitor clinical change over time

A comprehensive geriatric assessment may lead to lower medical costs, reduced use of hospitals and nursing homes, and improved quality of care.

What services are generally offered?

A routine assessment generally includes: evaluation of the individual's level of physical, cognitive and social functions, a depression screening, a survey of the home environment for safety features and a nutritional assessment. Results are compiled in a detailed, written report or care plan.

How do I get a Geriatric Assessment?

Geriatric assessments may be performed by a Geriatric RN and Geriatric Social Worker or Case Manager in conjunction with the individual's physicians and family members.

Contact your local State office if you have questions or would like to talk with someone in person about your situation. Guam GetCare staff are available to help you.