Geriatric Assessment Program (GAP)
Seniors face many challenges that can lead to unsafe situations for them and sleepless nights for their adult children. We get it. To help ensure our seniors are safe and happy at home, we partnered with the Lake County Council on Aging to create the Geriatric Assessment Program (GAP), which evaluates and treats conditions that prevent seniors from living as independently as possible.
GAP assesses seniors with a variety of problems, including:
- Memory issues
- Mood or behavior changes
- Repeated falls
- A decline in the ability to perform day-to-day activities
- A decline in the ability to make decisions
- A change in the ability to safely drive a car
- Anyone—a primary care physician, family member, friend or senior—can initiate a referral to GAP. In most cases, insurance covers the services provided by GAP.
What to expect
GAP, located at the SOM Center Campus, evaluates the patient’s health and functional ability during a 2- to 3-hour appointment. The family and senior meet with a GAP social worker, physician and clinical psychologist, who complete a medical and psychological/cognitive evaluation, a medication review, functional and competency evaluations and a nutrition assessment. An occupational therapist visits the patient’s home to complete a safety evaluation.
If needed, GAP can evaluate the senior’s driving ability to ensure safety behind the wheel using our interactive virtual reality driving simulator.
The GAP team reviews their findings with the patient and family and discusses ongoing needs. A Lake County Council on Aging social worker helps the family navigate any services recommended by the assessment, remaining involved with the senior and family throughout treatment.
GAP is led by medical professionals well known for excellence in geriatric health care. Stephen Baum, MD, is a board-certified internist and geriatrician. Lori Stevic-Rust, PhD, ABPP, is a board-certified clinical health psychologist. The GAP team also includes a clinical social worker, occupational therapist, pharmacist and dietitians.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Adrienne Green, LISW-S, at 440-375-8191. To learn more about The Lake County Council on Aging, visit www.lccoa.org or call 440-205-8111.