40 Buttrick Road
Londonderry, NH 03053
Hours: Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
What is a Geriatric Consultation?
Older patients often present with multiple medical conditions. A comprehensive evaluation at a regular primary care visit is not always possible. A consultation with a geriatrician can help in these cases and provide and in-depth evaluation as to how these medical conditions impact the patients’ abilities to live independently and their quality of life. In addition, the evaluation also focuses on the care givers and their abilities to support the patient.
What is assessed?
At the time of the visit, the patient and the caregiver will be interviewed by a geriatrician and a social worker. The geriatrician will perform a clinical examination which may include a brief memory screen and a gait evaluation. The social worker will assess the patient’s functional needs, daily living skills and also the caregiver’s degree of stress, to begin planning recommendations for community-based care. Depending on the findings on examination, the following tests may be ordered:
Other consultations may be necessary if the geriatrician identifies that there is evidence of memory loss, including:
What happens after the visit?
Results of the geriatric consultation and all other consultations and testing will be communicated to the patient and family as they are received. If medications to enhance memory are indicated, these will be prescribed as well. Regular follow up appointments will be scheduled with the geriatrician to follow the patient’s progress.