Geriatric Assessment


As you get older, your ability to go about your daily life might not be as good as it used to be. Your family may worry about your ability to live alone safely. Or, if you're taking several prescription medications, you might be troubled by side effects.

If you think your physical abilities or health problems are getting in the way of living a normal life, you might want to talk with your doctor about a geriatric assessment. This type of assessment evaluates how well you function and your quality of life, in addition to any medical conditions you may have. A geriatric assessment may include:

  • Complete medical history and physical
  • Review of all medications and nutritional supplements
  • Vision, hearing and cognitive tests, such as remembering and understanding
  • Functional testing for activities of daily living
  • Mental health screening for depression or dementia
  • Nutritional screening

After reviewing your geriatric assessment, your doctor will develop a plan specific to your needs. The Mercy team approach might include other medical specialists as well as physical therapists, social workers and home health aides. We can also find resources in your community that could be helpful to you and your family.

Our goal is to help you function and enjoy life to the fullest. We'll provide you with the compassionate care you deserve and treat you with dignity and respect.

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