Assessment of Aging Adults

What kind of care or assistance do aging adults need? That depends on many factors including medical diagnosis and physical needs, mental and emotional needs, as well as day-to-day living needs.

Assessment of Aging Adults

At Aging Interventions, assessing the older adult is the first step in the process of creating a quality plan of care. Whether the aging adult in your life has been given a specific diagnosis by a physician, or you are simply seeing the need for increased care, a thorough assessment of needs is critically important.

We have created a simple yet thorough evaluation process that assesses an older adult’s need in five distinct areas. With this information, Dr. Brink is able to work with the aging adult, his or her family, and the entire care team to create an effective and customized program that truly addresses each specific need.

The Five Key Areas of Assessment by Aging Interventions includes:

1. MEDICAL NEEDS
Are there any health issues that haven’t been addressed? Do we need to consult with any additional medical professionals?

2. SOCIAL NEEDS
What is the older adult’s social environment? Is he or she socially engaged? What are his or her interests?

3. COGNITIVE NEEDS
Are these normal, age-related changes in memory? Is this Alzheimer’s or other dementia? Is there anything that can be done to improve memory and thinking skills?

4. EMOTIONAL NEEDS
How is he or she coping? Is he or she depressed? What has to be implemented to improve his or her emotional well-being?

5. LIVING NEEDS
How is the older adult functioning at home? What daily activities can the older adult perform independently? Which activities require assistance?

During this assessment process, we take the time to work with loved ones, friends and family to explore not only the type and level of care, but also the options for providing care. Making decisions about the care of an aging adult isn’t always easy, and our team is there to help you through the process.

To learn more about Geriatric Care Management, click here.