Interdisciplinary Therapy Assessments for the Older Adult In a changing economy and a changing industry, health care providers need to complete thorough, comprehensive, and efficient assessments that provide both an accurate depiction of the patient’s deficits and a blueprint to the path of treatment for older adults. Through standardized testing and observations as well as the goals ... Article
Article  |   January 2012
Interdisciplinary Therapy Assessments for the Older Adult
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  • Lynn Chatfield
    Genesis Rehab Services, Kennett Square, PA
  • Sandra Christos
    Genesis Rehab Services, Kennett Square, PA
  • Michael McGregor
    Genesis Rehab Services, Kennett Square, PA
  • © 2012 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
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Article   |   January 2012
Interdisciplinary Therapy Assessments for the Older Adult
SIG 15 Perspectives on Gerontology, January 2012, Vol. 17, 11-16. doi:10.1044/gero17.1.11
SIG 15 Perspectives on Gerontology, January 2012, Vol. 17, 11-16. doi:10.1044/gero17.1.11

In a changing economy and a changing industry, health care providers need to complete thorough, comprehensive, and efficient assessments that provide both an accurate depiction of the patient’s deficits and a blueprint to the path of treatment for older adults. Through standardized testing and observations as well as the goals and evidenced-based treatment plans we have devised, health care providers can maximize outcomes and the functional levels of patients. In this article, we review an interdisciplinary assessment that involves speech-language pathology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and respiratory therapy to work with older adults in health care settings. Using the approach, we will examine the benefits of collaboration between disciplines, an interdisciplinary screening process, and the importance of sharing information from comprehensive discipline-specific evaluations. We also will discuss the importance of having an understanding of the varied scopes of practice, the utilization of outcome measurement tools, and a patient-centered assessment approach to care.

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