Health Assessments for 75 Years and Older Patients
WHAT IS A SENIOR HEALTH ASSESSMENT?
A Senior Health Assessment is a comprehensive assessment of your health and your physical, psychological and social function. It helps to assist in the early identification of care needs.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE A HEALTH ASSESSMENT?
You are eligible if you are aged 75 years or over living in a community setting . You must be a regular patient of the surgery.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING A HEALTH ASSESSMENT?
You will spend between 30-60 minutes with the Practice Nurse who will perform some simple tests and ask you some questions about your medical history.
You will receive a reminder in the mail when your next Senior Health Assessment is due. If there is a Pathology request form with the reminder please have the blood tests BEFORE you come for your appointment.
This appointment usually takes between 30-60 minutes with the Practice Nurse.
This might include the following:
- Vision check
- Hearing check
- Skin check
- Urine sample
- Blood Pressure
- Medication review
- Immunisation status
- Questions about your nutrition/diet
- Questions about your social activities
- Questions about your daily activities
A detailed record of this assessment with the outcomes and recommendations will be recorded in your Patient file and you will be given a copy to keep.
CAN A CARER OR A FRIEND BE WITH YOU DURING THE ASSESSMENT?
A family member, carer or friend can attend the health assessment with you if you think it will help you to feel more comfortable about the assessment.