Domain 8: Geriatric Assessment

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Older adults who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid may have a vast array of chronic health conditions and often multiple, co-occurring health conditions. In order to effectively and efficiently meet their needs, providers should incorporate the Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment into their protocols. Consumer-centered care necessitates an approach in which the individual is fully incorporated into decisions. This is not as simple as asking for their input, but rather encouraging and facilitating a person’s initiation of areas of concern. It is particularly important to understand the goals, values and preferences of the older consumer. Geriatric-competent providers evaluate interventions and decisions to intervene in terms of the impact on potential loss or gain of independence, the impact on quality of life as defined by the older adult, and the trade-offs required by a particular intervention. Download the corresponding assessment sheet as a Word or PDF document to track your progress.