For many older adults, the first step to finding the right care is a geriatric assessment. The experts in Bridgeport Hospital's Geriatric Assessment Program perform tests that can reveal the reasons for many conditions. These include depression, memory loss, behavior problems, frequent falls, dizzy spells, side effects from medicines, unexplained symptoms and other difficulties.
A full geriatric assessment, which takes approximately 90 minutes, includes
- gathering information to understand personal and family medical history
- a full physical exam
- tests and screenings to evaluate physical, emotional and mental status
- a review of all drugs and supplements being taken
- a questionnaire for family members to help identify problems and solutions
Geriatric assessment paves the way for problem solving. Once we understand what is causing the patient’s behavioral, emotional or physical difficulties, we can chart the best solutions. Our providers will communicate with your primary care physician on a regular basis to achieve the best results.
For more information about Geriatric Assessment services available at Bridgeport Hospital, call 203-384-3388.