Even if you are not concerned about a specific problem your elderly loved one is having, a geriatric assessment may be appropriate. This is simply a comprehensive look at the medical, functional, social and cognitive needs and abilities of a patient by a geriatrician and a social worker. Many times our patients and families refer to this as a “baseline.”
Sometimes we uncover fixable problems, for example incontinence or constipation that the patient has assumed is normal. Sometimes we are able to streamline a medication list. All the time we are able to provide education and support to families that are in this caregiving journey.