It differs from a typical medical evaluation by including a number of non-medical issues, emphasizing functional capacity and quality of life in addition to medical concerns, and relying on a multidisciplinary team.
The goal of the assessment is to create a coordinated plan to improve an older adult’s quality of life and health and anticipate future medical, social and emotional needs.
A geriatric assessment may be led by any physician, social worker or geriatric care manager, but is often coordinated by a geriatrician, a physician with additional training and specialization in the care and treatment of older adults. He or she coordinates a team of specialists who perform the assessment to evaluate the person’s physical, cognitive, social, financial, environmental, spiritual, health and well-being.
The core team may include clinicians, nurses and social workers. An extended team may involve therapists, nutritionists, pharmacists, psychologists and other health professionals.