Get help planning geriatric care
Visiting the home is one of the most important factors in working with the ageing and a person who has a chronic illness. Every geriatrician will tell you that seeing the patient in the doctor’s office tells only part of what information is needed to create a plan of care to meet the needs of the individual and the caregiver.
The home assessment will review the daily needs of the individual – assistance with ambulation, dressing, batheing, toileting, preparing meals and eating, communications, care of the home environment, etc. From this review and interview with the individual, caregiver and/or family, options for care will be provided with complete information about those options – resources, costs, and how to plan to use those care resources. Future needs for care will also be addressed.
Much of the stress created by an illness and as we age is caused from the anxiety of not knowing what is ahead of us. Just learning about resources that are available usually helps relieve that stress.
A home visit usually takes 1 1/2 to 2 hours. At that visit, a written listing of identified needs and resources is provided. A complete report can also be provided for the individual, caregiver or extended family.
Crisis intervention planning
Many senior adults find themselves in a health care crisis and in need of immediate information and/or care planning. A geriatric care manager (consultant) often works closely with discharge staff of health care providers to create the best plan of care available. My assessment services are also available while in health care facilities.