University of Central Florida College of Medicine
The geriatric assessment is a multidimensional, multidisciplinary assessment designed to evaluate an older person’s functional ability, physical health, cognition and mental health, and socioenvironmental circumstances. It is usually performed when the medical provider identifies a potential problem with the older adult patient. This holistic evaluation includes nutrition, vision, hearing, fecal and urinary continence, and balance. The geriatric assessment model has been studied in the home, inpatient and ambulatory care settings and there is evidence that it aids in the diagnosis of medical conditions; development of treatment and follow-up plans; coordination of management of care; and evaluation of long-term care needs and optimal placement.