Resources for the Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment based
Proactive and Personalised Primary Care of the Elderly
Socially-involved individuals suffer less illness, overcome sickness more readily, and experience better health outcomes than more socially isolated persons (Keller BK, 2003).
EASY-Care Standard 2010
A holistic profile of health and care needs, based on the priorities of the older person for support, information, or advice.
Physical welbeing (Keller BK, 2003) and mental wellbeing (WHO, 2014), may be significantly impacted by prevailing social and financial circumstances
Physical and mental illness may affect the individual's ability and inclination to comply with medical advice (WHO, 2003) and the frequency of attendance in primary care (Vedsted P, 2004) and the emergency department (Byrne M, 2003).
The health care professionals concerned with a proactive and personalised plan of action will have to assess the individual's social situation and support structures in order to determine the interventions required.
Although an interview in the surgery, or a prepared questionnaire filled in by the patient prior to the consultation, may provide useful information, the ideal remains the assessment in the patient's home and in the presence of the next of kin or informal carers.
Several social assessment tools have been developed wordwide.
EASY-Care has been tested for practicability and validity for contact and overview assessments in primary care in the UK.
ASAT-1 is a useful assessment and record keeping tool, much of which can be completed and updated by persons other than the GP prior to the GP's or Multi Disciplinary Team (MDT) review.
The Social Assessment is one of 8 domains of the
Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA)
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