We recognize the need for information and services that provide options and support through life’s changes. Akron General offers assessment services, treatment options, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, home care assistance and primary physician care to help keep seniors on their path to good health.
Nurses at Akron General participate in the N.I.C.H.E. program—Nurses Improving Care for Health System Elders. Created by The Hartford Institute in 1992, the goal of the program is to ensure that our patients benefit from the best practices related to geriatric nursing care, as well as new innovations. The program also focuses on increasing public awareness for gerontology. Akron General is one of only 300 participating hospitals nationwide.
Geriatric Assessment Clinic
The Geriatric Assessment Clinic, located on the 5th floor of the Akron General Ambulatory Care Center, offers patient consultations with a team of providers who have expertise in caring for older adults, including a board-certified geriatrician.
The team addresses the needs of the aging population, including falls, depression, memory loss, weight changes, worsening chronic illness, significant physical disability, driving concerns, incontinence and recent loss of function in performing daily activities. The Geriatric Assessment Clinic provides resources and develops a plan of care to meet the individual needs of each patient.Upon completion of the consultation, patients are asked to follow up with their primary care physicians concerning recommendations.
The team of specialists at the Geriatric Assessment Clinic includes a board-certified geriatrician, medical resident, pharmacist, nurse, clinical social worker and other healthcare professionals. The team's goal is to optimize health and preserve function, keeping patients active and out of the hospital. In addition, individuals will be connected with community services, home health care and home equipment as appropriate.
How Patients are Referred
If a patient’s physician feels the patient would benefit from an assessment at the Geriatric Assessment Clinic at Akron General Medical Center, the physician, with the patient’s or family’s consent, will make an appointment for the patient at the Geriatric Assessment Clinic. The physician will provide the Geriatric Assessment Clinic with all the necessary medical history information to help the team prepare for the initial consultation. Patients can be referred from home, assisted living facilities or nursing homes.
During the Appointment
For the initial appointment at the Geriatric Assessment Clinic, patients are encouraged to bring a family member or friend. The clinic team will review the patient's information and health history provided by the referring physician. The team then will meet with patient and his or her guest to explain any important findings or health recommendations, which also will be shared with the referring physician.
It is important for patients to know that the Geriatric Assessment Clinic also provides consultation and assistance with helpful and appropriate resources, when needed. After the initial appointment, the patient’s care is returned to his or her primary care physician. A follow-up visit is typically scheduled at the initial appointment.
When a patient visits the Geriatric Assessment Clinic, Medicare and/or the patient’s insurance company will be billed for the services. Co-pays apply.
Convenient location and parking
Close parking is available in the parking garage connected to the Ambulatory Care Center (across from Akron General Medical Center on Akron General Avenue). The spaces are located on the first level marked GAC, just to the left of the entrance. If you need any other assistance, please let us know in advance and we will do our best to accommodate you.
For more information, about the Geriatric Assessment Clinic or to make an appointment, please call 330-344-6015.
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