Geriatric Assessments are known for being lengthy and comprehensive. They provide a geriatrician with a complete health picture.
The Geriatrician may look at many aspects of a person's health from brains to bones and all the systems in between, as well as a thorough review of medications, medical history and current living situation.
You would think that with all of this careful assessment, the Geriatrician could come up with a plan that could be executed right away! But not so, explains Dr. Didyk, treatment plans are multi-faceted.
The principles of Geriatric care include:
- Changing one variable at a time
- Starting low and going slowly with medication changes
- Ensuring the information gathered is as complete as possible
- Allowing a diagnosis to develop over time
Putting together and implementing a Geriatric care plan may take a few weeks or months but is the safest and best way to care for complex seniors.