Six Areas of a Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment
A true comprehensive geriatric assessment consists of six different clinical domains: Medical, Psychological, Social, Environmental, Legal and Financial. When conducting a comprehensive assessment, Chris Cooper and Company and Eldercare Advocates takes into consideration medical and psychological issues such as depression vs. dementia and whether the person is competent in making decisions. We also consider a broad scope of social and environmental factors including family situations, the community that the long term care patient lives in, and other possible threats to the patient's well being. Finally, we take a close look at legal and financial issues concerning the patient, such as health care proxies, power of attorneys, who is responsible for financial transactions, retirement plans, where the patient's investments are and how they are accessed, etc.
For a more indepth look at what is involved in each area of our Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment, we have provided the videos below for you to view at your leisure. Please feel free contact us directly with any further questions you may have.
In this video, Chris Cooper discusses the medical issues
facing the elderly and how these issues impact long term care.
In this video, Chris Cooper discusses the psychological
issues facing the elderly such as depression, confusion,
neglect or abuse and how these issues can be identified
In this video, Chris Cooper discusses the social issues
facing the elderly such as family situation, friendships,
social activities, culture and background. This video also
discusses why these factors can cause problems among
family members when addressing long term care for a parent.
In this video, Chris Cooper discusses the environmental
issues facing the elderly such as where a family member
is currently living versus where they should be living and
what facilities can serve their needs best.
When making long term care decisions, many people
seek the advice of financial planners to decide if they
have the ability to pay for it and what is involved in the
In this video, Chris Cooper discusses legal issues facing
the elderly and their families such as understanding legal
documents in a medical care-type setting.