The primary goal of the Geriatric Assessment Clinic is to improve the quality of life for older adults and to keep them independent for as long as possible. Anyone over the age of 65 is eligible, and all major insurance providers are accepted. Health assessments are strongly encouraged and may prevent a major medical emergency.
The clinic helps seniors by working to improve their:
- Ability to care for themselves
- Ability to walk and move
- Bowel/bladder function
- Caregiver's stress level
- Medication use
- Mental health
The Clinic's team is comprised of professionals who receive special training in working with older adults and their special needs. The team is led by a medical director certified in gerontology and includes a certified gerontology nurse who conducts a home visit, a social worker who does a psychosocial assessment, and a pharmacist who completes a medication profile.
Each health care team member will meet with you, your caregiver, and family.
The evaluation includes:
- Assess family concerns and financial needs
- Assess self-care skills
- Conduct a home assessment when possible
- Evaluate memory skills
- Individualized history and physical examination
- Make further arrangements for diagnostic testing if needed
- Medication review
- Mental health evaluation
- Review all available medical records
To ensure enough time is scheduled for a complete evaluation, please plan to spend between three and four hours at the Clinic during your first visit. Your caregiver and family are invited and encouraged to attend all Clinic visits.
After your first visit, specific recommendations will be shared with your caregiver and family and your health care provider. A follow-up visit may be necessary in order to monitor the effects of the recommendations given by the Clinic.
The Clinic is held in the Specialty Clinics building at 106 S. Madison Street, Traverse City, Michigan. To find out if you or someone you know is eligible for the Geriatric Assessment Clinic, call (231) 935-8127 or (231) 935-6650.