What is the Geriatric Assessment Center?
The DMH Geriatric Assessment Center is an outpatient program designed to help those 65 and older and their families identify health needs and provide planning and intervention on a consultative basis. The program receives medical direction from Anthony McCormack, MD, and is located at 102 W. Kenwood, on the campus of Decatur Memorial Hospital.
An assessment includes a thorough interview with the patient and his or her family (by a Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist), a physical examination performed by a Geriatrician (a board certified physician with additional training and expertise in Geriatrics). Additional evaluations and assessments may be completed by other healthcare professionals, including rehabilitation specialist, physiatrist, registered dietitian, pharmacist, and case management.
After the assessment is complete, the interdisciplinary team members meet with the patient and family to discuss a treatment plan.
What problems should be evaluated?
Call the Geriatric Assessment Center at (217) 876-2191 if you or someone you know experiences any of the following symptoms or concerns:
- Memory problems or dementia
- Social isolation
- Changes in dietary habits
- Difficulty with activities of daily living
- Difficulty managing alone at home
- Families considering placement in an assisted living facility or nursing home
Who can refer?
Primary Care Physicians, adult children, and family members who have concerns about an elderly individual may request an assessment. Of course, self-referals are also welcome.
What are the goals?
- To provide access to care for the geriatric population of out area through an interdisciplinary
treatment plan outlining recommendations for the individual, family and primary care physician.
- To address the concerns of individuals, families and primary care physicians.
- To provide much needed assistance in referrals to appropriate community resources.
- To help individuals achieve improved functional status and to help assure more appropriate medication
- To help ensure more appropriate placement in extended care facilities, etc.
If you or someone you know have memory problems, difficulty managing alone at home, social isolation and depression, or is considering placement in an assisted living facility or nursing home, turn first to the DMH Geriatric Assessment Center.
For more information, call the DMH Geriatric Center at (217) 876-2191.