There are so many aspects of getting older that your elderly loved one has to deal with.
They may experience some hearing, vision, or memory loss. They may have chronic health issues or health issues that seem to come up out of nowhere. With all of this, your elderly loved one might need a geriatric care assessment. This type of assessment can help to determine what treatment is needed for your loved one. It can also help to create a follow-up care plan for them in regard to their medical or personal needs.
One of the reasons why your elderly loved one might need a geriatric care assessment is to assess their functional abilities. The first thing that will be looked at is your elderly loved one’s activities of daily living. This includes things such as using the bathroom, getting dressed, controlling their bowels and bladder, bathing, and eating. You or one of the caregivers might need to be present for this assessment to tell the doctor which areas your elderly loved one needs help with. Other abilities that will be assessed include managing medications, preparing meals, managing finances, and handling the home cleaning tasks.
Another aspect of your elderly loved one’s life that will be looked at in a geriatric care assessment is their nutrition or diet. Many elderly people experience loss of appetite for one reason or another. Other elderly people will not be able to eat well because they can’t chew or swallow properly. There are numerous reasons for nutritional issues in the elderly. If you or one of the caregivers suspect that your elderly loved one is having these types of issues, they might benefit from a geriatric care assessment.
Does your elderly loved one have any physical health issues? Maybe they are experiencing stomach pains or muscle spasms. They might be experiencing pain in their joints or inflammation in their body. Sometimes, physical health issues in the elderly, need to be looked at from another perspective. This is where a geriatric care assessment can come in handy. For example, with this assessment, the doctor can determine if your elderly loved one needs someone in their home helping them to move around easier. Your elderly loved one might also need someone to take them to doctor’s appointments regularly to manage their physical health issues.
These are some of the reasons why your elderly loved one might need a geriatric care assessment. If you or one of your loved one’s caregivers believe there is a need for this type of assessment, you can reach out to their doctor to find out how to get this scheduled.
The staff at Home Care Matters is available to talk with you and your family about all of your needs. Home Care Matters is a home care agency providing quality and affordable Elder Care in Gainesville, GA, and surrounding areas. Call (770) 965.4004 for more information.
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