On Friday, October 16, 2009, Wesleyan Senior Living welcomed Mayor Bill Grace to their ribbon cutting ceremony to announce the opening of their Collaborative Care Center, an evaluation center for seniors providing comprehensive geriatric assessments.
More than half of area seniors who thought they needed to move out of their homes were actually able to stay after their comprehensive geriatric assessment administered by Wesleyan.
Swarnalatha Meyyazhagan, MD (Dr. Meyy as she is affectionately known) is the Medical Director at Wesleyan Senior Living. She leads the team of medical and geriatric professionals that will provide a full geriatric assessment for senior adults who what to live in their homes independently. Staff members at Collaborative Care will work with the senior, their family members, the senior’s physicians, and other care providers to provide a comprehensive medical, psychological, and social assessment. “Our goal at Collaborative Care is to provide an independent life plan that allows seniors to live a safe, healthy, full life, in the comfort of their own home.”
An assessment at Collaborative Care consists of the following steps:
• An examination of the older person’s current status in terms of:
-Their physical, mental, and psychosocial health.
-Their ability to function well and to independently perform the basic activities of daily living such as dressing, bathing, meal preparation, and medication management.
-Their living arrangements, their social network, and their access to support services.
• An identification of current problems or anticipated future problems in any of these areas.
The development of a comprehensive “care plan” which addresses all problems identified, suggests specific interventions or actions required, and makes specific recommendations regarding resources needed to provide the necessary support services.