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Connections Geriatric Assessment

Evaluating Quality of Life for Seniors in Jackson Hole

Common geriatric conditions such as functional impairment and dementia frequently go unrecognized or poorly addressed in older adults. Identifying geriatric conditions by performing a geriatric assessment can help providers manage these conditions and prevent or
delay further health impairments.

The Connections Geriatric Assessment program is a comprehensive battery of evaluations administered by a team with a physician, speech language pathologists, social worker, and occupational therapists. This program is consultative by nature and intended to assess an elder person’s physical, cognitive, and emotional health as it pertains to functional independence and quality of life for seniors. Functional independence in self care and hygiene, safety and health management, money management, transportation, telephone use, employment status, and leisure and social participation. Once the assessment is completed, this interdisciplinary team collaborates to design a plan of care that is unique to the individual and intended to promote safety, independence, and overall wellness.

A geriatric assessment may cover:

  • Functional capacity
  • Fall risk
  • Cognition
  • Mood
  • Polypharmacy
  • Social support
  • Financial concerns
  • Goals of care
  • Advance care preferences
  • Nutrition and weight change
  • Urinary continence
  • Sexual function
  • Vision and hearing
  • Dentition
  • Living situation
  • Spirituality

Connections Geriatric Assessment is comprised of a team of health care providers from St. John's Health and Teton Physical Therapy. During your evaluation you’ll meet with:

  • A speech language pathologist for short tests of thinking, memory, and judgment
  • An occupational therapist for short tests of balance, sensation in hands and feet
  • A social worker to offer psychological, social, and emotional support
  • A physician to discuss general health, wellbeing, and any medical concerns you may have

Connections Geriatric program forms:

To schedule your assessment or learn more call Teton Physical Therapy at (307) 264-5847