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Comprehensive Assessment

Sanford Center for Aging

The Sanford Center Geriatric Specialty Clinic offers a "whole person" comprehensive geriatric assessment. This assessment is designed to evaluate physical, cognitive, emotional, and social health as well as other key dimensions of well-being.

The assessment is conducted in our comfortable clinic over the course of four hours. During this time, each client will meet with a geriatric physician, social worker, geriatric pharmacist and other staff, specially-trained to meet the needs of elders. Care partners/family members are encouraged to attend as well.

The assessment includes:

  • Personal health history and review — We'll review and document your complete health history, including injuries, illnesses, surgeries, chronic diseases and medications
  • Physical health assessment — Our geriatrician will review your risk for falls/frailty, activities of daily living (dressing, eating, hygiene, etc.), and mobility. Note: This is not a physical examination. You will remain fully clothed.
  • Behavioral health/psychosocial assessment — Our social worker will discuss any memory and/or dementia issues, social support/family issues, your housing situation, financial concerns, transportation and any concerns identified by the patient.
  • Medication therapy management — Our geriatric pharmacist will review all of your prescribed and over-the-counter medications and dietary supplements and provide recommendations you can discuss with your physician(s). Be sure to bring all of your medications with you.
  • Clinical research — As part of the University of Nevada, Reno educational mission, our staff conducts clinical research on various aspects of aging and to measure our clinic's effectiveness. Your participation becomes part of our clinical data.
  • Personalized care plan — Working together with you and your care partner(s), we'll develop a customized plan to share with your other care providers, including advance directives.
  • Referrals to additional services or providers, if needed
  • A follow-up meeting to develop the client's care plan and discuss any questions or concerns

Chronic Care Management (CCM)

For clients who are dealing with multiple chronic conditions, the Sanford Center Geriatric Clinic can assist by providing chronic care management services to coordinate home and clinical services, facilitate communication with multiple care providers, and manage care transitions as needed.

Complement to Primary Care

As a specialty clinic only, the Sanford Center Geriatric Specialty Clinic does not provide primary care services. For treatment of illnesses, injuries, diseases or other symptoms, we recommend you consult a primary care physician.